“There is nothing more important you can do for yourself than get your education.”
Those were just a few of the many meaningful words from First Lady Michelle Obama, as she addressed a room full of college-bound students at the White House during her third annual Beating the Odds Summit, part of her Reach Higher and Better Make Room campaigns.
And two of those students in the audience were Summer Searchers! Brittnee Anderson and Odanel Brito-Sanchez, along with mentor Kaitlin Irvine, joined 130 young men and women from across the country, representing youth who have overcome substantial obstacles to graduate high school and make it to college. Continue reading Summer Searchers in the White House
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
Our mission is to help our students become college-educated leaders who give back to their families and communities. That means every Summer Searcher is a leader, and their leadership can take many forms.
One way they can lead is by speaking up, by lending their voices to issues that are important to them, no matter how difficult, uncomfortable or emotional.
Recently, two Philadelphia Summer Searchers had opportunities to do just that, to speak up and be vocal and visible leaders in their community. Continue reading Speaking Up in Philly
The Summer Search family just got a whole lot bigger!
Philadelphia’s new sophomores, with a few mentors sprinkled in, having fun at their Outward Bound fitness event.
Every spring, we welcome a new class of high school sophomores into our program — a new group of remarkable young people with the potential for great things. Continue reading Our Growing Family
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
It’s the new year, and here at Summer Search that means we are getting ready to interview and enroll new students into our program.
January is also National Mentoring Month, as proclaimed by President Obama, where many different organizations shine the light on the importance of mentoring relationships in young people’s lives. #NationalMentoringMonth
We asked a few of our alumni and current college students if they had any advice for our new Summer Searchers as they begin their journeys creating foundational relationships with their mentors, and one theme kept “reaching out” at us… Continue reading When In Doubt, Reach Out
Welcome to another edition of #Snapshot, where we bring you a little slice of what’s going on at Summer Search.
Who’s that representing Summer Search 31 stories up? Spiderman?
Continue reading #Snapshot: Rappelling for a Cause
We like to say that we build “constellations of support” for each student that joins Summer Search. The anchor of that support comes from our professional mentors, who work side-by-side with our rising stars to advise, coach and challenge them on their paths towards college success.
Continue reading Constellations of Support: Summer and Beyond