Tag Archives: Summer Program

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

#ICYMI: Summer Partner Love

“ICYMI” is the hip, social-media-shortened way to say “in case you missed it.”

#ICYMI, over the course of the summer, we’ve received a couple of amazing shout outs on social media from our summer program partners!

Right before summer kicked off, a few members of the Chewonki team stopped by our Boston office for a pre-expedition orientation for our students. Continue reading #ICYMI: Summer Partner Love

#Snapshot: Conquering the Canoe

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

We’re in the heart of our 2016 summer programs. This means that our mentors’ inboxes are being flooded with exciting and inspiring photographic updates from our students along their summer journeys… like this one.

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2016 Summer Travelers

Summer is officially here!

For many, this means vacations, barbecues and relaxing days at the beach are on the itinerary.

Now, while those kinds of things are all well and good, what we are MOST excited about this time of year is the chance for our Summer Searchers — who are mostly first-generation college-bound students from low-income communities — to each have a challenging and transformative summer experience. Continue reading 2016 Summer Travelers

Summer Search at the National Mentoring Summit

As we wrap up National Mentoring Month, we recently sent our very own Sandra LaFleur, Vice President of Program, to the 2016 National Mentoring Summit. Here is what she learned, in her own words:

This year, the national mentoring “movement” is recognizing its 25th anniversary. This milestone is very special to me personally, because my own career in youth development began around the same time.

Back then, I was fresh out of graduate school, taking what I thought would be a short break before resuming my doctoral studies. I took the opportunity to work for an organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters, where I felt I could apply my talents, stretch my brain and feed my soul. At the time, “mentoring” was quickly becoming a buzzword, and with the recent release of groundbreaking research validating the impact of mentoring on youth outcomes, those were exciting times of growth and promise. Continue reading Summer Search at the National Mentoring Summit

Now Departing: Summer Trips 2015

One of the cornerstones of the Summer Search model is, as our name suggests, our summer trips! We send our students on two challenging summer experiences during their sophomore and junior years of high school. These trips give our young travelers the chance to take healthy risks, develop their leadership skills and discover strength and confidence that they never knew they had. Basically, they find their inner superstar… and soar! #LifeChanging

Starting June 8, our students began departing on their 2015 summer trips. Here is a snapshot of our entire summer.
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