Tag Archives: New York City

College Signing Day with the First Lady

On Tuesday, April 26, First Lady Michelle Obama visited Harlem and was joined by dozens of celebrities and thousands of New York City high school seniors to celebrate National College Signing Day. And Summer Search was there, too!

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Bold Goals and Hard Questions

We recently sent our very own Rich Robinson, staff mentor at Summer Search New York City, to the Campaign for Black Male Achievement Bold Goal Planning Session, a national conversation focused on generating ideas for improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in America. Here is what Rich learned, in his own words.


On March 15 I arrived in Baltimore, Maryland to participate in a strategy session for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), a national network of nonprofits led by friend of Summer Search, Shawn Dove.

“Is your goal bold enough?” was both a proclamation and the guiding question posed to all the attendees. When Ron Walker, Executive Director of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, challenged us with this question, I felt the weight of the gauntlet laid down before us. Continue reading Bold Goals and Hard Questions

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

John Legend: Fighting for Justice with Love

“Think about how you can use the power of your education to do great things: to highlight important truths, to inspire action, to support a cause that’s close to your heart, whatever that cause may be.”

Those were just a few of the inspiring and thought-provoking words from John Legend, the keynote speaker at Summer Search New York City’s 2016 Leadership Gala.

That’s right, the John Legend! The Academy Award-winning and ten-time Grammy┬« award-winning recording artist, and dedicated philanthropist was kind enough to share his story with a room full of eager and grateful Summer Search students, alumni, staff and supporters on Wednesday night in New York City. Continue reading John Legend: Fighting for Justice with Love

Ready for the Real World

“Real world” work experience is a term many college students often hear about when applying for jobs. At Summer Search, we’re always looking to find ways to help our students get that experience, both in college and even in high school.

For many years we have been able to leverage our generous network of supporters to connect Summer Searchers in college with internship opportunities. Last year, we had more than 160 students who participated across our seven locations.

One of those students is Summer Search New York City‘s Yomayra Guerrero. Continue reading Ready for the Real World

I am a Mentor

As part of National Mentoring Month, today we’re continuing to celebrate “I am a Mentor Day,” when mentors everywhere are encouraged to share their stories about why they do what they do, and the impact that being a mentor has had on their lives. #NationalMentoringMonth
Check out Emily’s story from earlier today »

As Summer Search’s mentors prepare to interview new high school sophomores (who are hoping to become Summer Searchers), we’re flipping the script on our mentors and interviewing THEM about their own mentoring experiences. Here’s what a few of them said… Continue reading I am a Mentor

Toni Ann – Ready for Takeoff

Here at Summer Search, we are not only in the heart of the holiday season, but also in the middle of the college application season, when high schoolers across the country are preparing, filling out and submitting applications for the colleges/universities they hope to attend.
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This is an especially important time for our Summer Searchers, as many of them will be taking steps to become the first in their families to go to college.

Toni Ann from Summer Search New York City is one of those students.
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