Tag Archives: Bay Area

Black Male Voices Inspire Bay Area Alumnus Justin Bethune

“I’ve decided to dedicate my life to taking positive images of Black men and creating a platform for their voices to be heard.”

Those are the determined words of Summer Search Bay Area alumnus Justin Bethune. At the start of Black History Month this year, Justin announced in a post on Medium that he was launching The Bethune Project, a photo campaign on Instagram.

Justin-BethuneSummer Search Bay Area alumnus Justin Bethune.

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Ivan Lopez: An Artist’s Inspiration

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

Group Mentoring: Benefitting Students and Mentors Alike

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

Thanking Your Mentor

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

#Snapshot: Mentor Trainings

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

It’s officially a new year, and more importantly, it’s National Mentoring Month, a time when organizations across the country shine the light on the importance of mentoring relationships in young people’s lives. #NationalMentoringMonth

This is especially meaningful for us at Summer Search, because mentoring is our lifeblood. That means that we could not do what we do without the hard work and dedication of our mentors! Continue reading #Snapshot: Mentor Trainings

Texting for Success

At Summer Search, we’re committed to providing students the best experience in their journey toward college success. A big part of that commitment means meeting students where they are. Well, one place they are, is on their phones, texting.

That’s why last year Summer Search partnered with texting platform technology company Signal Vine to launch a pilot program in the Bay Area aimed at helping our students take timely action on important milestones in their Summer Search journey and the college application process. Continue reading Texting for Success

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