“Although we may not have been able to go on our trips, I still did a lot of self-discovery and completed my goals.”
Thanks to the dedication, imagination, and innovation of our entire Summer Search community, we were able to completely change our 2020 summer plans to keep our community safe in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This summer, across our entire network, our young people were able to choose from a wide variety of online programs that promoted some of the same outcomes as our traditional in-person/travel-based summer experiences — agency and educational attainment.
Continue reading Summer Reimagined: 2020 Highlights
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.
From 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
Reflecting on their lives is a key part of every Summer Searcher’s journey. After our high school sophomores complete their first summer program, they write a reflection letter to process their Summer Search experience thus far.
This is an opportunity to put into words who they are, and to take an honest look back at the challenges, triumphs, and growth that has happened since joining Summer Search. It’s a practice that, alongside their weekly conversations with their mentors, helps students integrate these profound summer experiences into their lives, as well as a chance to practice writing a personal statement for college.
These pieces are generally composed after the summer programs are completed during the start of the students’ junior years. Not everyone writes a reflection ten years later… but that’s just what Bay Area alumnus Alvin Sng did! Continue reading A Summer Reflection… 10 Years Later
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
One of the many great things about the work that we do is getting to see our Summer Searchers grow right before our eyes. As our mission states, we help young people develop the skills they need to become college-educated leaders who give back to their families and communities. And since we have been around for 25 years, we have been fortunate to see a LOT of growth, and a LOT of giving back.
Continue reading The Ripple Effect, Part 1: Natalya + Mila