The following is a guest post written by Niles Xi’an Lichtenstein, entrepreneur and Summer Search Bay Area alumnus. It was originally shared at a Summer Search fundraising event. Lightly edited and shared with permission.
Hi everyone, I’m Niles Lichtenstein, a Summer Search Bay Area alum.
While ‘Summer Search Alum’ is an amazing title to have, perhaps the best title I’ve recently received was the title of ‘Dad’ to my wonderful daughter Genevieve, who we call ‘Evie’.
Evie was born 11 months ago and upon her birth, my mother, as she smiled at a future generation strong female, said something profound to me. She said that “having a granddaughter felt like having a second chance.”
“A second chance for what?” I asked her.
“A second chance to give Evie all the things I couldn’t always give you,” she replied. Continue reading One Chance to Make Change
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.
From left to right: Monica Parham, Bernard Guinyard, Antoine Andrews, and Marie Pierre.
Continue reading Building More Equitable and Inclusive Workplaces
“When we thought about what was most important to us in bringing our family and friends together for our wedding, Summer Search just had to be included.”
Jacqueline Green has been a long-time Summer Search supporter, a champion of corporate responsibility, and a key member of the Summer Search Bay Area Board of Directors. When she and her partner David Newman got married three years ago, they asked their guests to join them in supporting Summer Search by making a donation, in lieu of wedding gifts.
Jacqueline and Dave.
Continue reading A Gift of Love to Summer Search
Welcome to another edition of #Snapshot, where we bring you a glimpse of what’s going on at Summer Search.
Summer Search New York City’s Bronx Mentoring Center is officially open!
Summer Search New York City Program Associate Stephanie Zapata (back) with students from the South Bronx in the new Summer Search Bronx Mentoring Center.
Continue reading #Snapshot: Summer Search Bronx Mentoring Center
“Our motto is ‘Together, we can do more’ and we all truly felt this when we were able to hand over such a large check to Summer Search! Alone, nobody in the group could have made this impact. Our members are all motivated, smart, and accomplished women who all want to help make our community better.”
That was Erin Krawiec speaking about her organization called Pitch Your Peers (or PYP, pronounced “pipe”), which she cofounded in Seattle with fellow philanthropist Aly Burks. At a PYP event in December, they presented Summer Search Seattle with a $25,000 grant — a very large check indeed!
From left to right: Aly Burks, Robyn Hsu, Lexi Keeler, Macaria Dove, Erin Krawiec, Eliza Arai Carrington.
Continue reading Pitch Your Peers: Joining Together for Greater Impact in Seattle
We’re all about young leaders. Summer Search’s mission is to help students from low-income backgrounds strengthen the skills needed to become college graduates and leaders in their communities.
However, there are other young leaders that are playing a significant role in the Summer Search world. These are groups of altruistic young professionals who are dedicated to supporting our mission. They go by different names across the Summer Search network — there’s Boston’s Young Leadership Committee (YLC), Philadelphia’s Young Professional’s Network (YPN), and Seattle’s Alumni Board, while the Bay Area and New York City both refer to their respective groups as the Associate Board (AB). Continue reading Young Professionals Stepping Up for Summer Search
#ICYMI, over the last few weeks, we’ve been spreading some holiday cheer by sharing the faces and stories of Summer Searchers whose lives have been forever changed by their hard work in our program.
We kicked off our end-of-year giving campaign on #GivingTuesday with this inspiring photo and quote from first-generation college graduate and Summer Search Seattle alumna extraordinaire, Bao-Tram Do. Continue reading #ICYMI: Bao-Tram’s Beautiful Narrative
“Can you believe how lucky I am? How incredible is it to be able to come to work every day and work side-by-side with someone like Annissa?”
Those are the words of Summer Search Bay Area Board Member and socially-conscious entrepreneur Andy Mercy, speaking about his partnership with North Bay alumna Annissa Byrd.
The work Andy is referring to is his newest business, a global mash-up restaurant called Dabba that opened in July in downtown San Francisco—just a few blocks from Summer Search’s National Office—with Annissa as its manager! Continue reading Ingredients for Success