“We managed to get on what turned out to be one of the last flights leaving the country… By the end of the day all borders of the country were closed. No one in or out. Vasny saved us!”
Vasny Maldonado was nominated to apply for Summer Search by his teacher, Jan Hudson, at Mission High School in San Francisco in 1996. In present day, during the outbreak of the coronavirus, the two were reunited in an unexpected, yet meaningful way. But first, back to 1996…
Vasny Maldonado during one of his summer experiences.
Continue reading Alumnus Helps Former Teacher During COVID Crisis
“Both personally and professionally, the strike has been challenging. All I want is what is best for my students. I am hopeful that organizing efforts like this will make change in the future because it is critical that our district, city, state, and nation prioritizes public education more.”
Nina Portugal is an English Teacher at Life Academy Oakland, one of Summer Search Bay Area’s partner high schools. She is one of thousands of Oakland teachers, counselors, nurses, and other educators who participated in the Oakland Teachers Strike.
The strike raised national headlines, as Oakland joined a growing list of cities, including Los Angeles and Denver, where educators have exercised the power of protest to fight for our public schools. Continue reading The Oakland Teachers Strike Hits Home
Last month we introduced you to Marie Angeles, a Summer Search Seattle alumna who is working to ensure college campuses are inclusive and supportive places for all students. This month, we connected with Bay Area alumna Alex Verheecke who is working on a similar goal, but for her high school students in Northern California.
Summer Search Bay Area alumna Alex Verheecke.
Continue reading Alumna Alex Verheecke Finds Her Voice Through Teaching
“I’ve decided to dedicate my life to taking positive images of Black men and creating a platform for their voices to be heard.”
Those are the determined words of Summer Search Bay Area alumnus Justin Bethune. At the start of Black History Month this year, Justin announced in a post on Medium that he was launching The Bethune Project, a photo campaign on Instagram.
Summer Search Bay Area alumnus Justin Bethune.
Continue reading Black Male Voices Inspire Bay Area Alumnus Justin Bethune
Welcome to another edition of #Snapshot, where we bring you a little slice of what’s going on at Summer Search.
It’s graduation season!
At the end of May we celebrated #ProofPointDay by honoring a few of our first-generation college graduates. Since 92% of Summer Searchers are first-gen, we can, and do, celebrate first-gen successes all year long.
In fact, a few weeks ago, a group of five New York City Summer Searchers all became the first in their families to graduate from college! Continue reading #Snapshot: Five First-Gen Faces