Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
While the last few months have truly been confusing and heartbreaking, we remain inspired by the hope embodied by our young people, as they quickly adapt to a pandemic and stand up against social injustice. Again and again, Summer Search students show resilience and determination as they pursue their education and seek new opportunities to grow, thrive, and become the next generation of purpose-driven leaders.
Last month, we shined a light on a handful of Summer Searchers in the Class of 2020 who were celebrating their post-secondary decisions. Today we’re checking in with three more high school seniors: Anjaliyah, Jason, and Rasmee.
From left to right: Jason, Anjaliyah, and Rasmee.
Continue reading 2020 Decisions – Part 2
Traditionally, the beginning of May is College Signing Day, a time when high school seniors are encouraged to share and celebrate their post-secondary plans, especially on social media.
However, with COVID-19 disproportionately impacting low-income communities, the path towards higher education for the young people we partner with has become even more challenging.
Some students are facing uncertainty over college decisions, as well as the prospect of virtual-only classes during the upcoming fall semester. Many are also worrying about having their basic needs met — necessitating emergency relief funding for essential things like groceries, utilities, and housing.
Despite all of these unprecedented challenges, our young people at Summer Search continue to show the power and resilience within themselves. The power to be unstoppable as they push forward and pursue their dreams. With unwavering support from their mentors, Summer Searchers are finishing high school and taking the next steps on their journeys… and they deserve to celebrate these milestones!
Continue reading 2020 Decisions!
Before I met you,
I went through so many scars that left invisible wounds
And moments that forever stayed in the back of my mind.
I questioned who I was and where I came from.
I didn’t recognize myself in the mirror.
Every young person that comes to Summer Search faces unique circumstances and challenges — and Ren Peredo has certainly faced his fair share of both.
Ren (center), with Summer Search Seattle mentors Monica (left) and Regina (right, former mentor).
A Challenging Road
Continue reading Ren: A Story of Identity and Resiliency
Oh we’re not done celebrating our Summer Searchers yet! Last week we featured some remarkable students who completed their high school journeys. Now, it’s time for round 2 of our #SummerSearchGrad series where we spotlight the accomplishments of our inspiring post-secondary students and alumni.
Salomon — Philadelphia
“Never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” Continue reading #SummerSearchGrad Class of 2019: College, Grad School, and Beyond!
Graduation season may be over, but we can’t stop (and won’t stop) celebrating our Summer Search grads!
For the past couple of months, our mentors have had the honor of cheering on our new graduates, and the rest of our Summer Search family has celebrated them from around the world on social media, through the hashtag #SummerSearchGrad.
So in case you missed it, let’s look back at some remarkable Summer Searchers who completed their high school journeys last month and shared those triumphant moments with us in part 1 of this year’s #SummerSearchGrad blog series!
Tamara and Aminata — New York City Continue reading #SummerSearchGrad Class of 2019: High School Edition
Welcome to the second installment of our #SummerSearchGrad series, where we are celebrating the post-secondary milestones of the students in our College Success program.
While many of these moments happened a few months ago, it gives us such joy and inspiration to look back on them now, and to give each deserving Summer Searcher who shared their photos a chance to be in the spotlight!
Continue reading #SummerSearchGrad: College & More, Part 2
It’s graduation season and we’re celebrating our Summer Searchers!
Over the past two months, the students in our College Success program have been sharing their post-secondary milestones — from college graduations, to certificate completions, to transfer plans, and more — on social media using the hashtag #SummerSearchGrad.
Here are a few of those stories from our amazing — and likely very tired, yet relieved — graduates.
Jennessica, Bay Area
Continue reading #SummerSearchGrad: College & More, Part 1
We’re excited to announce that Summer Search has been named a finalist in The Atlantic’s The Renewal Awards! This is a nationwide competition recognizing local organizations driving positive change in their communities and bringing progress to the country.
Summer Search is nominated under the Youth Empowerment category, which highlights our commitment to empowering young people with the strength, confidence, and skills to become successful in school and in life. Continue reading Vote for Summer Search in The Renewal Awards
Recently, we introduced you to Summer Search Philadelphia star Shakya Geiger, the valedictorian of the Mariana Bracetti Academy (MBA) class of 2017.
Her speech at the MBA graduation ceremony last month was full of inspiration, humor, and gratitude, thanking her family, classmates, teachers, and Summer Search mentors for their support in her journey. She also encouraged her fellow graduates to follow her lead and not be afraid to take a chance on their dreams.
Shakya delivering her valedictorian speech at the Mariana Bracetti Academy graduation.
Continue reading Best of the Class, Part 2
“I just love to help people.”
That’s one of the things Philadelphia Summer Searcher Shakya Geiger told reporters from Channel 6 ABC during the taping of a special program called “Best of the Class for 2017,” which honored academic achievement among high school valedictorians from Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Northern Delaware.
Members of the “Best of the Class for 2017” discuss their future goals. Shakya comes in around 2:20.
Continue reading Shakya: Best of the Class