The following is a guest post written by Anna Brittain, Summer Search Bay Area alumna, for National Mentoring Month.
I remember the first time I met Joan McDonald. She had a bouffant of grey-white hair, like she’d never quite made it out of the 1960s, and soft kind eyes. It was 1997. I was 15 years old and a sophomore at St. Helena High School. I was stepping into a small room filled with warm fall light to do an interview with Joan and Linda Mornell (founder of Summer Search). My high school counselor, Bruce Frank, who nominated me for the program, was standing just outside. I didn’t know what I was getting into. I sat down facing these two older women. Linda looked at me intensely and Joan smiled encouragingly. Linda asked something along the lines of, “What is it like to walk in your shoes?” And I broke down.
Continue reading Mentors Changed the Course of My Life
“My experience with Summer Search pushed me to believe in myself and realize I am capable of more than I know. The Summer Search family truly saw my potential even when I did not, and when a young person realizes that there are people who are rooting for them, that can make all the difference.”
That’s Dalia Martin Del Campo, a Summer Search Bay Area alumna who is currently making a difference in Peru as a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV).
Dalia Martin Del Campo at Machu Picchu in Peru.
Continue reading Making a Difference: Summer Search to the Peace Corps
Last month we introduced you to Marie Angeles, a Summer Search Seattle alumna who is working to ensure college campuses are inclusive and supportive places for all students. This month, we connected with Bay Area alumna Alex Verheecke who is working on a similar goal, but for her high school students in Northern California.
Summer Search Bay Area alumna Alex Verheecke.
Continue reading Alumna Alex Verheecke Finds Her Voice Through Teaching
Meet Areli Hernandez, a Bay Area Summer Searcher currently in her second year at Santa Clara University (SCU).
In addition to her impressive course-load as a triple major (yes, triple!) in Political Science, Spanish, and Ethnic Studies, (with a minor in Latin American Studies) and staying involved on campus as a student ambassador, Areli recently got accepted into the Fulbright Summer Institute in the United Kingdom! Continue reading Areli Hernandez: Scholar and Role Model
At Summer Search, gratitude is part of everything we do. One of our core values is to “say thank you seven times.”
So, while that means we don’t need an excuse to express gratitude, we were beyond excited that yesterday was “Thank Your Mentor Day” (part of National Mentoring Month)!
This was an opportunity for our students, alumni, and staff to reflect on the ways their lives have benefited from a caring, supportive relationship with a mentor, and for them to say thank you. Continue reading Thanking Your Mentor
“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
A few months ago, we introduced you to seven Summer Searchers in a series of podcast-style conversations called Press Play, where they talked with their mentors about their college-bound journeys.
Press Play Episode One »
Press Play Episode Two »
At the time, most of these high school seniors had not yet made their final decisions about where they would be going to school in the fall.
Well, those college decisions have been made! So let’s see where these seven students are going, and what they have been up to. Continue reading Press Play >> College Bound – Update