Oakland native and Summer Search Bay Area alumnus Zachary Norris believes that in order to have a strong community, “we need strong community-centered institutions.” And that is exactly what he is trying to do.
As the Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Zachary is working with a collaborative of nonprofits to launch Restore Oakland, a new center and effort to begin reinvestment in East Oakland, California.
Summer Search Bay Area alumnus Zachary Norris.
Continue reading Fighting for Restorative Justice in Oakland
“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
Today is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and also represents a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
In celebration of this day, luxury artisan jewelry brand John Hardy announced the launch of a social campaign featuring a roster of fifteen women chosen for being catalysts of positive social change, leading by example, and living their values.
One of these notable female icons is fashion model and Summer Search Seattle alumna Ebonee Davis!
Photo by Jai Odell. Courtesy of John Hardy.
Continue reading A Powerful Gift for International Women’s Day
Welcome to another edition of #Snapshot, where we bring you a glimpse of what’s going on at Summer Search.
This is Summer Search power couple Danny Araniz and Rochelly Fajardo Araniz. They have been married for two-and-a-half years and been together for eight. Both were students in our Boston program and have been leaders in the Summer Search community, serving on Boston’s Alumni Board for a number of years. Continue reading #Snapshot: A Summer Search Love Story
January was an exciting month at Summer Search.
Our high school mentors have been busy deepening their relationships with our students, helping them integrate the reflections from their summer experiences into their lives, while also placing juniors on their second summer programs and preparing to welcome a whole new class of sophomores to Summer Search. Our College Access and Success mentors were also hard at work supporting students with college applications, financial aid, and their pursuits of their bachelor’s degrees. Plus, we announced a cool partnership with Chris Long and Michelle Obama, and we celebrated National Mentoring Month!
We were also excited to welcome two new senior leaders to the organization: Nick Hutchinson, our Chief Operating Officer, and Ching Tao, Vice President of Finance.
Nick and Ching have definitely hit the ground running to start the new year, and while the two of them have been busy getting to know Summer Search, they were kind enough to answer a few questions to help our Summer Search community get to know them. Continue reading Meet Nick and Ching
“When I talk about Summer Search, I talk about the whole experience I got both those summers. I talk about the mentoring experience and how I’m able to sit down with someone to talk about my overall life trajectory and experiences; where I stand, and where I hope to be and how I am going to progress.”
That was Summer Search Boston college student Mahdi Mohammed talking to his College Success Mentor, Nate Campbell. The two of them have had many conversations over the years. But this particular one — on a stage and in front of hundreds of people — was a little different.
At last year’s Leadership Dinner in Boston, Mahdi and Nate volunteered to participate in a live question and answer discussion to talk about Summer Search, and give those in attendance an idea of what a mentoring relationship looks like as well as provide a glimpse at both the student and staff perspective. Continue reading A Conversation Between Mentor and Mentee
After months of anticipation, the time has come to welcome our new CEO, Dr. Marc Spencer, as he officially steps into his role.
He can’t wait to get started.
“This is an exciting time at Summer Search. We have an incredible opportunity to think strategically about scaling for the future to serve more young people. I’m honored to have the chance to lead Summer Search’s next phase of growth and impact.” – Dr. Marc Spencer. Continue reading Introducing Dr. Marc Spencer, CEO
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
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
A few weeks ago, the last of our students returned home from their summer programs, bringing a close to our 2017 travel season. We CONGRATULATE all of our young leaders on their incredible accomplishments this summer, and THANK all of our summer partners and our staff (mentors, program managers, on-call specialists, and many more) for making these life-changing experiences possible for our students.
Earlier this summer, we introduced you to Bay Area alumna and outdoor enthusiast Jessie Holtz, who works for one of those summer partners, Sierra Nevada Journeys (SNJ). She had the exciting opportunity to lead one of SNJ’s special Summer-Search-only wilderness programs in late July. Continue reading 2017 Summer Leaders, Part 2