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Phone: 415-362-5225
500 Sansome Street, Suite 350
San Francisco
California 94111

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Target demographics: Summer Search students must demonstrate 1) reflection, an interest in learning about themselves, 2) altruism, a care and desire to help others and give back and 3) performance, a commitment to doing their best in school, in their family and community. We believe these three characteristics define leadership.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2010, we served 1696 students (including 1216 high school students and 480 Bridge students).

Geographic areas served: Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco Bay Area

Programs: Summer Search has a uniquely successful four-pronged approach that supports students so they finish high school and go to college, and then helps them be successful in the real world, while encouraging them to give back in the process. We hold our students accountable for themselves while supporting them for the long haul.

Our leadership program services include:

- Individual weekly mentoring sessions with highly trained staff mentors, from sophomore year to high school graduation. Students are expected to be in weekly contact with Summer Search.
- Full scholarships to two summer experiential education programs, after sophomore and junior years. Summer Search connects more students with summer experiential educational opportunities than any other program in the U.S.
- College and financial aid advisory services throughout high school.
- An alumni network offering support throughout college and beyond. Summer Search alumni follow their own paths to fulfillment, whether as investment bankers or videographers, but all of them show leadership in giving back to the program, their communities, and the world.

The mission of Summer Search is to find resilient low-income high school students and inspire them to become responsible and altruistic leaders by providing year-round mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college advising, and a lasting support network.
In 2010, 995 of our seniors graduated high school and 95% went on to post-secondary school (including 92% to college).
91% were first-generation college students, and 369 of our seniors secured $8.98 Million in financial aid.
85% of our alumni are persisting in college.

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Summer Search successfully mentors high school students through high school and into college. Many students are the first in their families to complete high school and enter college... more »
I must first answer the question of who I am for you to better understand my essay, but it is who I have become that is important. I believe things happen for a reason. Any obstacles I have faced somehow always turned into a blessing or learning experience, the building blocks for who I am today. In... more »
Summer Search has expanded my horizons well beyond my own. It allowed me to see the potential in me and what I could achieve... more »
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