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#Snapshot: Activating Our Network

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


As an organization, we are fortunate to be part of a strong and impactful community – a network of our remarkable students and alumni, and our generous partners and supporters. We’re always looking for ways to activate that network and bring these groups together.

At last month’s Summer Search Bay Area Gala, we hosted a special pre-gala networking reception for our alumni and corporate partners. This was a great opportunity to connect Summer Searchers and our supporters.

This networking event brought together recruiters/talent leads, hiring managers, diversity and inclusion initiative leads, and employees to share about career pathways and hiring processes at various companies. Summer Search circulated alumni’s professional bios and resumes in advance to maximize time for targeted, deeper conversations. Summer Searchers were able to learn about different career opportunities, while our corporate partners got to connect with a group of inspiring young professionals and leaders!

BA-Networking-CoverSummer Search alumni networking with staff from our corporate partners.

Summer Search alumna Lorraine Cawili shared that she found the networking reception particularly valuable because, “This event reiterated the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work, and the fact that it is all around us – in the titles I noticed in the networking portion, as well as in Fred Blackwell’s keynote address [at the gala].”

And Thomas Hughes, University Recruiting Lead at Lyft, one of the event’s sponsors, shared, “I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I knew next to nothing about Summer Search until this alumni event.  All of that changed in a matter of minutes! Everyone was so authentic in how they shared their journey, their story, I walked away inspired, humbled, and ready to get to work.”

Hughes continued, discussing his commitment to cultivate the pipeline of talented young people coming to Lyft from Summer Search.

“I left understanding how I  and Lyft can contribute and continue to foster the passion and commitment I got from every student, alumni, and staff member I met throughout the night. In fact, I was able to meet several students and alumni with whom I am currently working to further their careers goals of being here at Lyft!”

Networking-HugsNo Summer Search event is complete without gratitude and hugs.

We are incredibly grateful to all our corporate partners who sponsored the event – Lyft, Visa, Deloitte, Dodge & Cox, Hall Capital Partners, PwC, Premier Talent Partners, and Atlassian. Thank you for their commitment to Summer Search’s students and for investing in our future leaders!

The Oakland Teachers Strike Hits Home

“Both personally and professionally, the strike has been challenging. All I want is what is best for my students. I am hopeful that organizing efforts like this will make change in the future because it is critical that our district, city, state, and nation prioritizes public education more.”

Nina Portugal is an English Teacher at Life Academy Oakland, one of Summer Search Bay Area’s partner high schools. She is one of thousands of Oakland teachers, counselors, nurses, and other educators who participated in the Oakland Teachers Strike.

The strike raised national headlines, as Oakland joined a growing list of cities, including Los Angeles and Denver, where educators have exercised the power of protest to fight for our public schools. Continue reading The Oakland Teachers Strike Hits Home

Thank You United

Through a combination of mentoring and transformative experiences, Summer Search takes a holistic, long-term approach to supporting young people to thrive.

During the summer after sophomore and junior years of high school, our students receive scholarships to go on experiential education programs, ranging from wilderness expeditions, to academic programs, to international service trips. These experiences broaden students’ view of themselves and provide the opportunity to partner with their mentor to learn from their triumphs and setbacks. This reflective process allows Summer Searchers to strengthen the skills and mindsets needed to succeed in school, work, and in life.

2018-Summer-coverSummer Search students participating in experiential education programs this past summer.

Each summer, we send nearly 1,000 students to destinations all over the world, which means we need to book a lot of flights! Continue reading Thank You United

#ICYMI: Summer 2018

Even though it’s officially fall, we wanted to throw it back to a few (of so many) great moments from our 2018 summer travel season.

So, in case you missed it (ICYMI), here are some photos of our Summer Searchers who traveled all over the country and world to participate in empowering and inspiring experiences. Thanks to all of our amazing Summer Partners and supporters for making these opportunities possible. Continue reading #ICYMI: Summer 2018

2018 Summer Reflections

Meet Anh, Daniela, and Jennifer — three Summer Search Bay Area students who completed their first summer experiences this summer!

This is a particularly important milestone because students embark on their first summer experiences shortly after joining Summer Search as sophomores, sometimes unsure of what to expect. The challenges they face and the growth they experience sets the foundation for intensive mentoring when they return.

Anh, Daniela and JenniferFrom left to right: Anh, Daniela, and Jennifer.

Now as high school juniors, they have been partnering with their mentor to reflect on and learn from their triumphs and setbacks… and were kind enough to share some of their personal reflections with us. Continue reading 2018 Summer Reflections

Partners in Professional Development

At Summer Search, our work is all about creating opportunities. We offer our students exposure to many different experiences they might not otherwise have, which we’re able to do thanks in large part to the generous support from our many partners. Donors, summer program partners, and corporate partners are all critical to our young people’s success.

Speaking of corporate partners, Summer Search teams up with outstanding companies to provide our students with internships and professional development opportunities. In fact, several hire our alumni! In this post, we’re proud to highlight four of our partners that hosted Summer Search student interns this summer. Continue reading Partners in Professional Development

Vote for Summer Search in The Renewal Awards

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