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Behind The Scenes: Intern Edition

The following is a guest post written by Yarelie Magallon, an intern on the Summer Search National Marketing team.


Hi everyone! My name is Yarelie Magallon and I’ve spent my summer as a Marketing Intern working at Summer Search’s national office in San Francisco. Throughout the course of the summer, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with a number of Summer Search staff, including two other Summer Search interns, and I noticed something: all three of us (interns) have a similar background and had no previous affiliation with Summer Search, yet we were drawn to join this organization.

Why? I find that within communities of shared experiences, there is some sense to give back to those who have gone through the same thing. Each of our histories led us to where we are today. Here is just a little bit about who we are, why we chose Summer Search, and what we do!

Who We Are

2019 Summer Interns

From left to right:
Monique Taylor – Student Development Administration (M. Ed), Seattle University Continue reading Behind The Scenes: Intern Edition

Summer Search Joins Lyft’s Community Week

At Summer Search, we’re always looking for ways to help our students strengthen the skills they need to thrive in school and in life. Sometimes those opportunities come from community partners and organizations in our own backyard – not just in the wilderness of Colorado or the Costa Rican jungle.

Last month, about 15 Summer Search Bay Area college students and alumni were invited to a special career development event at the corporate headquarters of transportation network giant Lyft in San Francisco. Continue reading Summer Search Joins Lyft’s Community Week

A Summer Reflection… 10 Years Later

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

Announcing Summer Search’s New CEO

The following is a message from Jim Milligan, Summer Search’s National Board Chair.


As we recognize our boundless gratitude for Amy Saxton, Summer Search’s outgoing CEO, I am pleased to share the news that Dr. Marc Spencer will join Summer Search as CEO. Marc will build upon the excellent leadership that Amy brought to Summer Search over the past six years.

Marc SpencerDr. Marc Spencer, Summer Search’s incoming CEO.

Continue reading Announcing Summer Search’s New CEO

Coming Home and Coming Out

545 miles in seven days. On a bike.

That’s how far Summer Search Bay Area alumnus Saul Guzman rode earlier this year in support of a charity close to his heart, AIDS/LifeCycle (ALC).

Saul-AIDS-Lifecycle-RidePhoto credit: Georg Lester for AIDS/LifeCycle

Continue reading Coming Home and Coming Out

Ivan Lopez: An Artist’s Inspiration

If you walk into our Summer Search office in Oakland, one thing you’ll see, along with our mentors and students buzzing around, is a large, colorful mural that adorns the wall of our glass-enclosed conference room.

Not only a beautiful addition to our office space, this work of art has significant meaning behind it — it was conceived of and painted specifically for Summer Search by Bay Area alumnus, and local artist, Ivan Lopez. Continue reading Ivan Lopez: An Artist’s Inspiration

#Snapshot: Mentor Trainings

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

It’s officially a new year, and more importantly, it’s National Mentoring Month, a time when organizations across the country shine the light on the importance of mentoring relationships in young people’s lives. #NationalMentoringMonth

This is especially meaningful for us at Summer Search, because mentoring is our lifeblood. That means that we could not do what we do without the hard work and dedication of our mentors! Continue reading #Snapshot: Mentor Trainings

Behind the Camera, Giving Back

This is a guest post written by Summer Search alumnus Edgar Garcia, who recently produced the video below for our National Alumni Matching Gift Challenge. Edgar is a freelance video producer. More information about his work can be found on his website.


My name is Edgar Garcia. I am a 2006 Summer Search alumnus and I produced the video you just watched. It will be distributed throughout the National Alumni Network to promote this unique opportunity for Summer Search. Not only did I get to work on this video, but I’ve also had the pleasure of being involved in many other great projects for Summer Search. Continue reading Behind the Camera, Giving Back

From Student to Staff: Why We Work at Summer Search

At Summer Search, the work we do is important, and it isn’t easy. That’s why we are so grateful to have such an amazing and talented team of superstars who are dedicated to helping young people soar.

We are also grateful, and extremely honored, to have recently been named one of the “50 Best Nonprofits to Work For” by The NonProfit Times for the fourth year in a row! What makes this designation extra special is that it comes from our staff, as these rankings are derived from a nationwide survey of staff members at nonprofit organizations. Continue reading From Student to Staff: Why We Work at Summer Search

#Snapshot: Connecting on Campus

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

Bay-Area-CS-2016-2Bay Area College Success mentors Curtis Yancy (far left), Fernando Serrato (far right), and Zuleica Lopez (far right, crouching) with Summer Searchers on the UC Santa Cruz campus.

Continue reading #Snapshot: Connecting on Campus