Tag Archives: Alumni Success

Alumnus Helps Former Teacher During COVID Crisis

“We managed to get on what turned out to be one of the last flights leaving the country… By the end of the day all borders of the country were closed. No one in or out. Vasny saved us!”

Vasny Maldonado was nominated to apply for Summer Search by his teacher, Jan Hudson, at Mission High School in San Francisco in 1996. In present day, during the outbreak of the coronavirus, the two were reunited in an unexpected, yet meaningful way. But first, back to 1996…

Vasny Wilderness Summer ProgramVasny Maldonado during one of his summer experiences.

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A Summer Searcher’s Guide to Maximize College & Career

Fall is a season of change, and a time of firsts. Students are taking their first steps away from home onto college campuses, and young professionals are deciding how to begin their careers.

Two Summer Search alumnae – Lorraine and Marie – have generously shared their advice on tackling these exciting and challenging transitions: how to make the most of the post-secondary experience and how to best prepare to start a new job or career path.

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Building More Equitable and Inclusive Workplaces

Black History Month offers us the opportunity to reflect on our country’s history of racial inequality, honor leaders of color, and continue to drive progress towards a more equitable society. At Summer Search, we keep Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) at the forefront of our conversations and work all year long, so our staff, students, alumni, and board are equipped to be ED&I change-makers in their own communities.

A few months ago, Summer Search held an Industry Leadership Panel on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at our National Alumni Summit and Leadership Conference, a multi-day convening of nearly 300 Summer Search alumni to connect, learn, and network. The panel discussion offered alumni the chance to hear from three industry leaders about the opportunities and challenges in building more equitable and inclusive workplaces.

EDI PanelistsFrom left to right: Monica Parham, Bernard Guinyard, Antoine Andrews, and Marie Pierre.

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My Mentors; My Mirrors

The following is a guest post written by KishaLynn Moore Elliott — certified coach, author, and Summer Search Boston alumna — for National Mentoring Month.


Mentorship is the first of many gifts that every Summer Searcher unwraps on their journey as a student. My Summer Search mentor, Jay Jacobs, interviewed and accepted me into the Boston program in 1997, when I was a junior at Dorchester High School.

At the time, I was desperate to be rescued from my life struggles and sent as far away from home as possible. But Jay knew he wasn’t there to rescue me. Rather, as a mentor his job was to help me access my potential to carve my own path in the world, and to hold me accountable for walking on it. Jay’s tender-tough love helped me mature that summer, and grow in ways that I needed. These days we joke about being “frenemies”, but I take deep pride in claiming Jay as my Summer Search mentor.

KishaLynn and JayThe only known photo to exist of Jay and I.

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Making a Difference: Summer Search to the Peace Corps

“My experience with Summer Search pushed me to believe in myself and realize I am capable of more than I know. The Summer Search family truly saw my potential even when I did not, and when a young person realizes that there are people who are rooting for them, that can make all the difference.”

That’s Dalia Martin Del Campo, a Summer Search Bay Area alumna who is currently making a difference in Peru as a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV).

Dalia-Machu-PicchuDalia Martin Del Campo at Machu Picchu in Peru.

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Voices of Summer Search 2018

“Imagine a world where every single person gets to be their best selves. Would that not be the best world to live in?”

At Summer Search, we are all about changing narratives and helping young people find their voices so that they can — as Summer Search Seattle alumna Marie refers to above — become their best selves.

Watch Marie, Justin, Elebetel, Jahlil, and Cynthia share about their journeys toward success in our new Voices of Summer Search video:

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#Snapshot: Nigel’s Journey to Foreign Service

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

Nigel at Tufts University

That’s Summer Search Boston alumnus Nigel Robinson at Tufts University, where he will be attending grad school in the fall, pursuing his Master’s Degree in International Affairs. Continue reading #Snapshot: Nigel’s Journey to Foreign Service

Partners in Equity

The following is a guest post written by Summer Search Boston alumnus Ronald Germán. Ronald is currently a Sales Consultant at State Street Corporation, the development chair of the Boston Alumni Board, and recently served as co-chair of the 2018 Boston Leadership Dinner.


Summer Search’s mission is to expand educational access and opportunity for all. We like to say, “It’s not about charity. It’s about equity.”

As an alumnus of our Boston program, I can tell you firsthand my life and career have benefitted greatly from my time with Summer Search — from the opportunities, to the connections, to the continuous support and encouragement.

Ronald-and-alumniRonald Germán (second from the right), with friends and Summer Search Boston supporters.

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Fighting for Restorative Justice in Oakland

Oakland native and Summer Search Bay Area alumnus Zachary Norris believes that in order to have a strong community, “we need strong community-centered institutions.” And that is exactly what he is trying to do.

As the Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Zachary is working with a collaborative of nonprofits to launch Restore Oakland, a new center and effort to begin reinvestment in East Oakland, California.

Zachary NorrisSummer Search Bay Area alumnus Zachary Norris.

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A Powerful Gift for International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and also represents a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

In celebration of this day, luxury artisan jewelry brand John Hardy announced the launch of a social campaign featuring a roster of fifteen women chosen for being catalysts of positive social change, leading by example, and living their values.

One of these notable female icons is fashion model and Summer Search Seattle alumna Ebonee Davis!

Ebonee Davis for John HardyPhoto by Jai Odell. Courtesy of John Hardy.

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