If you walk into our Summer Search office in Oakland, one thing you’ll see, along with our mentors and students buzzing around, is a large, colorful mural that adorns the wall of our glass-enclosed conference room.
Not only a beautiful addition to our office space, this work of art has significant meaning behind it — it was conceived of and painted specifically for Summer Search by Bay Area alumnus, and local artist, Ivan Lopez. Continue reading Ivan Lopez: An Artist’s Inspiration
The student-mentor relationship is the heart of the Summer Search experience.
In our traditional one-on-one mentoring model, high school students talk with their individual mentor by phone about once per week, beginning in their sophomore year and continuing through college matriculation. During these calls, students and mentors build a foundation of trust and support that helps students achieve their dreams of becoming college graduates and socially-responsible leaders.
However, this journey looks a little different for one group of about 60 Summer Searchers. Continue reading Group Mentoring: Benefitting Students and Mentors Alike
FINAL UPDATE (3/24/17): Unfortunately, Summer Search’s winning streak in Brackets For Good ended today. We fell to Urban Teachers in the Engaged Eight round at the very last second with a score of 12,372 to 12,261.
Thank you to AT&T for sponsoring such an exciting tournament, and to everyone who contributed during our Cinderella run. Thanks to you, we made it so much farther than we expected and raised more than $32,000 for Summer Search!
We’re going to the Big Dance! Philanthropy’s big dance, that is.
Brackets for Good is an online fundraising tournament where 64 national nonprofits compete for donations. The winning organization will receive a grand prize of a $100,000 grant courtesy of AT&T, the tournament’s presenting sponsor. #BFGUSA #BFG17
And Summer Search made the field of 64! Here’s how you can support us in this competitive giving contest. Continue reading Brackets For Good
Today, Summer Search joined a coalition of more than 180 nonprofit organizations in an open letter to President Donald Trump.
The letter, published by the Skoll Foundation, respectfully disagrees with the Executive Order banning individuals from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.
Here are a few particularly powerful excerpts: Continue reading Summer Search Signs Open Letter to President
At Summer Search, we unleash the next generation of diverse leaders on the world. We help young people from low-income backgrounds transform what they believe is possible for themselves so they can develop the skills needed to earn a college degree and go on to change the face of leadership in their communities and our country.
Enter Boston alumna Hermese Velasquez. Continue reading Hermese Velasquez Takes the Lead in Boston
At Summer Search, gratitude is part of everything we do. One of our core values is to “say thank you seven times.”
So, while that means we don’t need an excuse to express gratitude, we were beyond excited that yesterday was “Thank Your Mentor Day” (part of National Mentoring Month)!
This was an opportunity for our students, alumni, and staff to reflect on the ways their lives have benefited from a caring, supportive relationship with a mentor, and for them to say thank you. Continue reading Thanking Your Mentor
Mentoring is a critical component in young people’s lives, helping them make the decisions that ultimately lead to improved opportunities and connections, which has an impact in real life.
As part of part of National Mentoring Month, today is “I am a Mentor Day.” This is a chance for the dedicated people who are making those real life impacts to step into the spotlight and talk about why they choose to be a mentor, and how doing so has impacted their own lives.
Here are three Summer Search mentors who were kind enough to share their stories. #MentorIRL Continue reading I am a Mentor, 2017