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Making Summer Transformative – A Mentor’s Perspective

The following is a guest post written by members of our Summer Search Bay Area team, as part of their Summer Experience Challenge campaign.


Summer 2019 is off and running! At Summer Search, this means we’ve got 1,000 young people scattered across the country and the world on powerful experiential journeys.

It’s not only an exciting time for our students, but also for our staff! We sat down with a few members of our Summer Search Bay Area team to learn what goes into preparing for a summer experience, and what makes these trips truly transformative for our young people.

In our conversation, we explore how mentors and summer programs staff work together to equip students with agency, efficacy, and a sense of expansiveness from the moment they join Summer Search and through the years of mentorship that follow. Read more to see powerful examples of each and learn how Summer Search’s mentoring supports our students in integrating these profound experiences into their lives.

Introduce yourself!

Bay Area Summer Program MentorsFrom left to right, top to bottom: Summer Search mentors Brian Mertens, Yining Chiu, Mira Fielding, and Nicol Gaffney.

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Summer 2019: Now Departing

Summer is calling and we must go!

Earlier this month, our first wave of students departed for their summer adventures — the first of 1,000 Summer Searchers* that will be taking on the world this summer!

A signature component of the Summer Search program, all sophomore and junior high school students receive full scholarships to attend experiential education programs, ranging from wilderness expeditions, to academic programs, to international service trips.

Deer Hill BackpacksStudents on a wilderness and service trip with Deer Hill Expeditions.

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Your Mental Health Matters

The following is a guest post written by Antonio Morales Jr. — blogger, poet, photographer, and Summer Search Philadelphia student — for Mental Health Awareness Month.

Antonio, who currently attends Community College of Philadelphia, describes himself as “a creative, who loves to spread positivity and inspire. I aspire to change negative narratives and stereotypes of black men, while making it look good.”

Antonio Morales JrAntonio Morales Jr.

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Bold Goals and Hard Questions

We recently sent our very own Rich Robinson, staff mentor at Summer Search New York City, to the Campaign for Black Male Achievement Bold Goal Planning Session, a national conversation focused on generating ideas for improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in America. Here is what Rich learned, in his own words.


On March 15 I arrived in Baltimore, Maryland to participate in a strategy session for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), a national network of nonprofits led by friend of Summer Search, Shawn Dove.

“Is your goal bold enough?” was both a proclamation and the guiding question posed to all the attendees. When Ron Walker, Executive Director of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, challenged us with this question, I felt the weight of the gauntlet laid down before us. Continue reading Bold Goals and Hard Questions