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Reflections from the 2017 Mentoring Summit

In February, we sent a team of Summer Search staff to the 2017 National Mentoring Summit. Two members of our team, Boston mentor Claire Marian and Bay Area mentor Alysa Delgado shared what they learned in this co-authored guest blog post.


This year, we (Claire Marian and Alysa Delgado) had the opportunity to represent Summer Search alongside our colleagues Salem Valentino, Stacey Thompson, Alex Bartz, Stacy Barr, and Eliza Arai Carrington at the National Mentoring Summit in Washington, DC.

SS-last-dayFrom left to right: Alysa Delgado, Claire Marian, Alex Bartz, Stacy Barr, Salem Valentino, and Stacey Thompson.

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Group Mentoring: Benefitting Students and Mentors Alike

The student-mentor relationship is the heart of the Summer Search experience.

In our traditional one-on-one mentoring model, high school students talk with their individual mentor by phone about once per week, beginning in their sophomore year and continuing through college matriculation. During these calls, students and mentors build a foundation of trust and support that helps students achieve their dreams of becoming college graduates and socially-responsible leaders.

However, this journey looks a little different for one group of about 60 Summer Searchers. Continue reading Group Mentoring: Benefitting Students and Mentors Alike

Seattle Summer Reflections, Part 1

Each summer, our students receive scholarships at the end of their sophomore and junior years in high school to embark on experiential education programs — ranging from wilderness expeditions, to college stays, to international service trips — in order to help broaden their world view and expand what they believe is possible for themselves.

In fact this summer, we are sending more than 1,000 students all over the world! That adds up to a lot of airfare. Continue reading Seattle Summer Reflections, Part 1

Press Play >> College Bound, Ep. 1

At Summer Search, our mentors and College Access and Success staff form deep connections with our students. They work step-by-step with them to build college-going mindsets and behaviors, and to navigate the process that will ultimately lead them on the path to college. And it works!

We asked a few of our high school seniors to sit down with their mentors to discuss their college-bound journeys. Our students even got to flip the script and ask some interview-style questions of their own!

So, sit back, relax, press play and enjoy listening to College Bound, Episode One: Continue reading Press Play >> College Bound, Ep. 1

When In Doubt, Reach Out

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

Overcoming Obstacles: Down, and Up the Mountain

As we highlighted in a previous post, wilderness programs make up about 58% of our 2015 summer trips. One recent wilderness trip, organized by Outward Bound California (OBCA), took a group of students from our three Bay Area sites for two weeks of backpacking and rock climbing in the Sierra National Forest.
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