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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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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

Alumni Aspirations for Summer Search’s New Leader

Guest post written by Summer Search Bay Area alumna Cicely Li, after participating in a conference call discussion regarding the hiring of Summer Search’s next CEO.

Cicely Li


Recently, leaders of the Summer Search alumni community were invited to share input on which qualities we would like to see in Summer Search’s next CEO. The call with Summer Search’s National Senior Director of Talent Acquisition, Dana Hagenbuch, and Commongood Careers (a search firm that focuses exclusively on nonprofit leadership searches) focused on uncovering key priorities, including how a new leader could inspire greater alumni engagement. Continue reading Alumni Aspirations for Summer Search’s New Leader

What Altruism Means to Me: a Reflection of a Boston Alumnus

The following is an excerpt of an email written by Summer Search Boston alumnus Francisco Rodriguez after a meeting with Summer Search staff, Ines Ariceta and Seth James Ellis. Lightly edited and shared with permission.


Ines and Seth,

I always relish those opportunities in which I can reconnect with Summer Search. You mentioned to me that Summer Search recruits its alumni (for staff roles) differently than it would other people. You said that the approach is one that must be different because to alumni, Summer Search feels like a family business. Continue reading What Altruism Means to Me: a Reflection of a Boston Alumnus

Hermese Velasquez Takes the Lead in Boston

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

Behind the Camera, Giving Back

This is a guest post written by Summer Search alumnus Edgar Garcia, who recently produced the video below for our National Alumni Matching Gift Challenge. Edgar is a freelance video producer. More information about his work can be found on his website.


My name is Edgar Garcia. I am a 2006 Summer Search alumnus and I produced the video you just watched. It will be distributed throughout the National Alumni Network to promote this unique opportunity for Summer Search. Not only did I get to work on this video, but I’ve also had the pleasure of being involved in many other great projects for Summer Search. Continue reading Behind the Camera, Giving Back

Judith Garcia – Daring to Lead

Here at Summer Search, we don’t just help young people get to college. We strive to help them become college-educated leaders who give back to their families and communities.

judith-215 Well, there is no better example of a young leader giving back to her community than Judith García from Summer Search Boston.
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