A few weeks ago, the last of our students returned home from their summer programs, bringing a close to our 2017 travel season. We CONGRATULATE all of our young leaders on their incredible accomplishments this summer, and THANK all of our summer partners and our staff (mentors, program managers, on-call specialists, and many more) for making these life-changing experiences possible for our students.
Earlier this summer, we introduced you to Bay Area alumna and outdoor enthusiast Jessie Holtz, who works for one of those summer partners, Sierra Nevada Journeys (SNJ). She had the exciting opportunity to lead one of SNJ’s special Summer-Search-only wilderness programs in late July. Continue reading 2017 Summer Leaders, Part 2
Get ready world, the Summer Searchers are coming!
Earlier this month, amidst rain showers in the east and sunshine in the west, our first students headed out on their summer experiences. For all of us at Summer Search, this time of year creates a mixture of excitement, nervousness, anticipation, and intensity as it’s a seasonal marker of all the months of hard work and investment in the incredible young people we get to work with.
This summer, we’re sending 1,027 young leaders all over the country and the globe, where they’ll participate in challenging experiential programs to help them strengthen the skills needed to succeed in school and in life.
Here’s a look at where our Summer Searchers are going, and what they’ll be doing. Continue reading 2017 Summer Leaders
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” 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
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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Continue reading #Snapshot: Conquering the Canoe
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
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