Tag Archives: College Success

Summer Search Joins Lyft’s Community Week

At Summer Search, we’re always looking for ways to help our students strengthen the skills they need to thrive in school and in life. Sometimes those opportunities come from community partners and organizations in our own backyard – not just in the wilderness of Colorado or the Costa Rican jungle.

Last month, about 15 Summer Search Bay Area college students and alumni were invited to a special career development event at the corporate headquarters of transportation network giant Lyft in San Francisco. Continue reading Summer Search Joins Lyft’s Community Week

#ICYMI: Daring to Invest in Future Leaders

Corporate partnerships are important to Summer Search’s success for many reasons, and global investment management company BlackRock has recently gone above and beyond by financially supporting two of our regions as well as providing volunteer support.

Earlier this summer, BlackRock hosted our Bay Area Annual “Dare to Lead” Conference, an all-day series of career readiness workshops to support our college students as they prepare for life post-graduation. Continue reading #ICYMI: Daring to Invest in Future Leaders

Chentese Stewart: Globetrotting for Change

In a Facebook post showcasing a vibrant photo of herself at the Hawa Mahal palace in Jaipur, India, Chentese Stewart jokingly declared, “I belong on someone’s brochure!”

This Philadelphia Summer Searcher, who recently finished her junior year at Gettysburg College, is no stranger to traveling, and could probably make her own travel brochure with all the photos of the places she’s been.

ChenteseChentese Stewart on a semester abroad in India.

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Nathaly Abreu: Challenging Stereotypes

Nathaly Abreu is a Summer Searcher from New York City, currently in her senior year at Colby-Sawyer College. This story was originally published by Colby-Sawyer earlier this month, written by Kellie Spinney with photography by Michael Seamans. Reblogged with permission.


Communication studies major Nathaly Abreu ’17, the daughter of Dominican-born parents and a native of the Bronx, has spent most her life defying stereotypes. “As a Latina, people think I’m crazy and sassy. Sure, I can be kind of sassy, but I don’t think that is because I’m Latina,” said Abreu. “I think it’s because that’s who I am.”

Another stereotype Abreu has encountered is the perception that she is undeserving of a college education. “Just because I am from an underprivileged area doesn’t mean I am uneducated or unworthy of going to college. I feel like a lot of people believe that,” said Abreu. “I want to break away from that stereotype.Continue reading Nathaly Abreu: Challenging Stereotypes

Summer Searchers in the White House

“There is nothing more important you can do for yourself than get your education.”

Those were just a few of the many meaningful words from First Lady Michelle Obama, as she addressed a room full of college-bound students at the White House during her third annual Beating the Odds Summit, part of her Reach Higher and Better Make Room campaigns.

And two of those students in the audience were Summer Searchers! Brittnee Anderson and Odanel Brito-Sanchez, along with mentor Kaitlin Irvine, joined 130 young men and women from across the country, representing youth who have overcome substantial obstacles to graduate high school and make it to college. Continue reading Summer Searchers in the White House

#Snapshot: Decision Day

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

It’s college decision time!

NYC-lettersNew York City’s wall of college acceptance letters

Yesterday, May 1, was National College Decision Day, Continue reading #Snapshot: Decision Day

#Snapshot: Connecting on Campus

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

Bay-Area-CS-2016-2Bay Area College Success mentors Curtis Yancy (far left), Fernando Serrato (far right), and Zuleica Lopez (far right, crouching) with Summer Searchers on the UC Santa Cruz campus.

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