Reclaiming Her Identity

“By middle school, I was ashamed of speaking my native tongue. I studied English meticulously, careful to get rid of my accent. I wanted a new name, one my teachers could pronounce; as if a white name could conceal my yellow skin. I didn’t even want to identify as an Asian, forget an Asian American.”

During her second summer experience with an international program in China called Where There Be Dragons last year, Summer Search Boston student Phuong Nhat Nguyen wrote a poignant and honest blog post reflecting on the internal struggles she’s faced regarding her cultural identity as an Asian American, which she titled “Yellow (Not the Coldplay Song).”

Phuong-w-local-familySummer Search Boston high school senior Phuong Nhat Nguyen (left) with a local Tibetan family.

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Save the Date for #GivingTuesday

The holidays are approaching, fast. Help Summer Search kick off the season of giving!

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is the annual global celebration of giving fueled by the power of social media and generosity.

Giving Tuesday 2017

On November 28, 2017, #GivingTuesday launches the charitable season when many organizations focus on holiday and end-of-year giving. Just last year, more than 1.6M gifts were made across nearly 100 countries to raise $177M worldwide! Continue reading Save the Date for #GivingTuesday

Summer Search Joins Lyft’s Community Week

At Summer Search, we’re always looking for ways to help our students strengthen the skills they need to thrive in school and in life. Sometimes those opportunities come from community partners and organizations in our own backyard – not just in the wilderness of Colorado or the Costa Rican jungle.

Last month, about 15 Summer Search Bay Area college students and alumni were invited to a special career development event at the corporate headquarters of transportation network giant Lyft in San Francisco. Continue reading Summer Search Joins Lyft’s Community Week

Alumna Alex Verheecke Finds Her Voice Through Teaching

Last month we introduced you to Marie Angeles, a Summer Search Seattle alumna who is working to ensure college campuses are inclusive and supportive places for all students. This month, we connected with Bay Area alumna Alex Verheecke who is working on a similar goal, but for her high school students in Northern California.

AlexSummer Search Bay Area alumna Alex Verheecke.

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Introducing Dr. Marc Spencer, CEO

After months of anticipation, the time has come to welcome our new CEO, Dr. Marc Spencer, as he officially steps into his role.

He can’t wait to get started.

Marc

“This is an exciting time at Summer Search. We have an incredible opportunity to think strategically about scaling for the future to serve more young people. I’m honored to have the chance to lead Summer Search’s next phase of growth and impact.” – Dr. Marc Spencer. Continue reading Introducing Dr. Marc Spencer, CEO

Community Matters: Rallying Support After the Wildfires

Our hearts are still heavy about the devastating wildfires in the North Bay that have affected so many people.

Fires-SF-ChroniclePhoto courtesy of Peter DaSilva, SF Chronicle.

In difficult times like these, turning to community is more important than ever. At Summer Search, our Bay Area team has been all-hands-on-deck reaching out to our students — many of whom live in the affected areas of Santa Rosa, Napa, and St. Helena — to ensure they and their families are safe, connected to resources, and have space to process together. Continue reading Community Matters: Rallying Support After the Wildfires

A Summer Reflection… 10 Years Later

Reflecting on their lives is a key part of every Summer Searcher’s journey. After our high school sophomores complete their first summer program, they write a reflection letter to process their Summer Search experience thus far.

This is an opportunity to put into words who they are, and to take an honest look back at the challenges, triumphs, and growth that has happened since joining Summer Search. It’s a practice that, alongside their weekly conversations with their mentors, helps students integrate these profound summer experiences into their lives, as well as a chance to practice writing a personal statement for college.

These pieces are generally composed after the summer programs are completed during the start of the students’ junior years. Not everyone writes a reflection ten years later… but that’s just what Bay Area alumnus Alvin Sng did! Continue reading A Summer Reflection… 10 Years Later

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