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#Snapshot: Activating Our Network

Welcome to another edition of #Snapshot, where we bring you a glimpse of what’s going on at Summer Search.

Networking-group

As an organization, we are fortunate to be part of a strong and impactful community – a network of our remarkable students and alumni, and our generous partners and supporters. We’re always looking for ways to activate that network and bring these groups together.

At last month’s Summer Search Bay Area Gala, we hosted a special pre-gala networking reception for our alumni and corporate partners. This was a great opportunity to connect Summer Searchers and our supporters.

This networking event brought together recruiters/talent leads, hiring managers, diversity and inclusion initiative leads, and employees to share about career pathways and hiring processes at various companies. Summer Search circulated alumni’s professional bios and resumes in advance to maximize time for targeted, deeper conversations. Summer Searchers were able to learn about different career opportunities, while our corporate partners got to connect with a group of inspiring young professionals and leaders!

BA-Networking-CoverSummer Search alumni networking with staff from our corporate partners.

Summer Search alumna Lorraine Cawili shared that she found the networking reception particularly valuable because, “This event reiterated the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work, and the fact that it is all around us – in the titles I noticed in the networking portion, as well as in Fred Blackwell’s keynote address [at the gala].”

And Thomas Hughes, University Recruiting Lead at Lyft, one of the event’s sponsors, shared, “I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I knew next to nothing about Summer Search until this alumni event.  All of that changed in a matter of minutes! Everyone was so authentic in how they shared their journey, their story, I walked away inspired, humbled, and ready to get to work.”

Hughes continued, discussing his commitment to cultivate the pipeline of talented young people coming to Lyft from Summer Search.

“I left understanding how I  and Lyft can contribute and continue to foster the passion and commitment I got from every student, alumni, and staff member I met throughout the night. In fact, I was able to meet several students and alumni with whom I am currently working to further their careers goals of being here at Lyft!”

Networking-HugsNo Summer Search event is complete without gratitude and hugs.

We are incredibly grateful to all our corporate partners who sponsored the event – Lyft, Visa, Deloitte, Dodge & Cox, Hall Capital Partners, PwC, Premier Talent Partners, and Atlassian. Thank you for their commitment to Summer Search’s students and for investing in our future leaders!

Thank You United

Through a combination of mentoring and transformative experiences, Summer Search takes a holistic, long-term approach to supporting young people to thrive.

During the summer after sophomore and junior years of high school, our students receive scholarships to go on experiential education programs, ranging from wilderness expeditions, to academic programs, to international service trips. These experiences broaden students’ view of themselves and provide the opportunity to partner with their mentor to learn from their triumphs and setbacks. This reflective process allows Summer Searchers to strengthen the skills and mindsets needed to succeed in school, work, and in life.

2018-Summer-coverSummer Search students participating in experiential education programs this past summer.

Each summer, we send nearly 1,000 students to destinations all over the world, which means we need to book a lot of flights! Continue reading Thank You United

Going the Distance for Summer Search

We’re grateful for all of our supporters at Summer Search. No matter how they show their support — from making a donation, to volunteering their time, or simply following us on social media — they are helping us provide the opportunities and resources needed for our young people to succeed.

Well, in just a few weeks, a handful of active supporters will be running in the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon and raising money for Summer Search!

In fact, for the first time, Summer Search New York City is an official charity partner of this prestigious race, which takes place Sunday, November 4. The 26.2 mile course goes through all five of NYC’S boroughs and includes more than 50,000 runners from around the world!

2018 TCS New York City Marathon Continue reading Going the Distance for Summer Search

Observations from the Summit: The Evolution of Mentoring

Last month, we sent a team of Summer Search staff to the 2018 National Mentoring Summit in Washington, DC. Our National Director of Research and Evaluation, Salem Valentino, Ph.D., shared her reflections from the conference in this guest blog post.


This is my sixth year as a researcher in the field of mentoring and also my sixth year attending the National Mentoring Summit. While that may not seem like an extensive period in anyone’s professional career, the field of mentoring has rapidly evolved during those six years.

SS-staff-group-MENTORSummer Search staff at the 2018 National Mentoring Summit. From left to right: Seth James Ellis, Antonio Brown, Stacey Thompson, and Salem Valentino.

Continue reading Observations from the Summit: The Evolution of Mentoring

#Snapshot: A Summer Search Love Story

Welcome to another edition of #Snapshot, where we bring you a glimpse of what’s going on at Summer Search.

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This is Summer Search power couple Danny Araniz and Rochelly Fajardo Araniz. They have been married for two-and-a-half years and been together for eight. Both were students in our Boston program and have been leaders in the Summer Search community, serving on Boston’s Alumni Board for a number of years. Continue reading #Snapshot: A Summer Search Love Story

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.

Continue reading Alumna Alex Verheecke Finds Her Voice Through Teaching

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