Tag Archives: Leadership

Hermese Velasquez Takes the Lead in Boston

At Summer Search, we unleash the next generation of diverse leaders on the world. We help young people from low-income backgrounds transform what they believe is possible for themselves so they can develop the skills needed to earn a college degree and go on to change the face of leadership in their communities and our country.

Enter Boston alumna Hermese Velasquez. Continue reading Hermese Velasquez Takes the Lead in Boston

Claiming Excellence: How Our Alumni Help Us Better Serve Our Black and Latino Males

Guest post written by our own Antonio Brown, National Males of Color Initiative Coordinator.

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Reblogged from the National Mentoring Resource Center Blog, originally published on September 12, 2016.


Claim excellence is a core value at Summer Search. As you walk through our offices, you see these words written on the walls as a reminder of this commitment to our communities. Continue reading Claiming Excellence: How Our Alumni Help Us Better Serve Our Black and Latino Males

Seattle Summer Reflections, Part 2 – Madison

This summer we introduced you to three Seattle high school students who were preparing to embark on their second summer experiences. Now that they have returned home, let’s check in with one of them — Madison — and see how her summer went!

madison-brown-dorm-selfieMadison in her dorm at Brown.

Continue reading Seattle Summer Reflections, Part 2 – Madison

#Snapshot: NOLS and Zion

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

Earlier this summer, we shared a few of our favorite summer partner shout outs that we received from our friends at Chewonki and Amigos de las Américas. Well, we just got another one, this time from National Outdoor Leadership School, better known as NOLS!

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Continue reading #Snapshot: NOLS and Zion

Ingredients for Success

“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

First-Gen Voices, Part 1: Samantha

This Friday, May 27 is Proof Point Day, a time to bring visibility and voice to the hundreds of thousands of first-generation college graduates in the United States.

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We are so proud to see a national initiative that honors those who are the first in their family to graduate college. 92% of Summer Searchers are first-gen, and as the #ProofPointDay mission states, first-gen leaders are “worthy of celebration — being the first wasn’t easy.” That’s an understatement! Continue reading First-Gen Voices, Part 1: Samantha

Press Play >> College Bound, Ep. 2

Last week, we debuted the first episode of our Press Play series, where a few Summer Search high school seniors sat down with their mentors to discuss the journey to becoming a college-bound leader.

Well, we’re back this week with College Bound, Episode 2! So once again, sit back, relax and press play: Continue reading Press Play >> College Bound, Ep. 2