Summer Search

Rating: 4.86 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Job Training

Location: 500 Sansome Street, Suite 350 San Francisco CA 94111 USA

Mission: 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.
Results: 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.
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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Summer Search is an amazing program with amazing individuals. To be in Summer Search is to gain a second family, a family that inspires, motivates, and emboldens every action you take. Even if you lose touch they are always there to catch you, heal you, and make you the leader that the work needs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daily life. I look at friends that did not have Summer Search, and I look at myself, and I know one of the reasons I challenged my boundaries is because of my experiences gained from the people and program.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people... inspiration itself

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, empathetic, encouraging, supportive

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

culture the world's leaders from the bottom up instead of the top down

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

S.S. helped me through a turbulent time in my life with the help and mentoring and two phenomenal readership enrichment trips. Something that S.S. did for me to help me to be what I am today! I graduated in 2003 but continue to donate to and volunteer with Summer Search and I also serve on the alumni board.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the growing number of alumni!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it back to Jay (ha ha ha). I would do all I can to spread S.S.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people I've met who have helped me and the people I've met that S.S. has helped.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, emphatic, patient, loving, smart, amazing, encouraging, pushing, excellent!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

grow to more cities and help more nonprofit youngters.

Ways to make it better...

I took more advantage when I could.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the word out, fundraising, expanding

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Actually, the star rating is a 4.5, only because it's not easy! I've learned and grown a lot since being a Summer Searcher. I was a sophomore in high school. Things sucked and I believed that one day they would get better but I didn't know how that was going to happen. To make a long story short, Summer Search has been one of my many pittstops on the road to healing and happiness.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how I've been able to discover my voice in a way that suits me best.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get the parents more involved so that the nurturing I and fellow Summer Searchers received could continue in different aspects of life.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the consistency. There are some new faces as well, but those familiar faces really help me stay connected.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

motivators, compassionate, welcoming.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make itself known to more people and continue to help others.

Ways to make it better...

I'd had a stronger connection with my counselor. Removing that counselor to client lens would have been helpful for us.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continuing to grow so that it can do more and support others.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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2008-8-01

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6 people found this review helpful

My experience with Summer Search has been great and has helped in developing my life. I am currently studying to become a Civil Engineer at UMass Dartmouth. My first Summer Search experience was in 2003 where I took my first plane ride to San Francisco; the program that I went on was the Environmental Traveling Companions. I kayaked, went water rafting, as well as other activities which helped me build character, courage, and strength. The second trip that I went on was to Pennsylvania, where I met a large amount of people at the Longacre Farm.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my success in high school is due to the new found confidence that I obtained from my Summer Search trips

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to contact students while they were off in school, work, etc. For example set up on instant messenger or something of that sort that would allow students to touch base with mentors.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fact that S.S. mentors care for the mental, and physical, and social well being of their students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

effective, inspiring, motivations, encouraging in the work that they do

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve a greater community and would be globally known

Ways to make it better...

I became involved in more Summer Search events

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Remaining in contact with Summer Search students after the events. Some students tend to lose connection with Summer Search after graduating, it would be great if there was a transitional phase for students going into college or finishing college and going into the real world.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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2008-8-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Well I must say that Summer Search had an immense impact in my life. I went to Oregon with Outward Bound on my first trip and then to Ghana on my second one. It was an amazing experience

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way it supported me through high school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give free food at every meeting.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the mentoring.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing, outgoing, awesome, happy.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

send me away every summer for the rest of my life.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

[is] the fight against those minds that have been traumatized

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Summer search has been a life changing experience for me. When I first heard about summer search I thought that it would just be a free trip during the summer, doing some outdoor stuff and traveling to another country. Little did I know that these trips and summer search as a whole would change my life, and turn me into the person that I have become. Talking with a mentor every week at summer search was hard in the beginning but it gave me an outlet to start talking about my feelings that I was keeping inside. For the first time I started to realize things about myself and I started understand how I was feeling. I kept things inside for so long that I did not even know how what was going on with myself. As I started to get a better understanding of myself I went on my first trip. During this trip I met an amazing group of people who had similar stories as mine, as we continued to talk I was able to confide in them things I was not able to confide in others and I was able to form a family with them. For the first time in my life I was actually happy. I look forward to doing all the activities and each day. I made friends that would last me to this day. With my second summer trip it was the same. I was able to form a bond with different people in a different country. Summer Search has helped me open up more and find out who I am as a person. To this day I am still trying to figure that out but with the help of summer search I have been able to have an idea. I have found out things I like , like being in the outdoors, and making that a part of my life. I decided to leave a big city, Boston, and go to school in a small town in Upstate New York and I love it. And if it was not for summer search I would not have even considered it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

caring and loving.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I became a Summer Search student during my sophomore year of high school and just finished my first year in college. Summer Search served and continues to serve me..whenever I'm in need of some extra support or someone to talk to. They sent me to B.C. for fifteen days on an outdoor excursion trip and then to Costa Rica my second year. Summer Search is still a huge part of my life as it helps and supports me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

real, honest, and helpful.

Ways to make it better...

There was even more support for Summer Search alumni.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

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2008-8-01

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3 people found this review helpful

In m past 3 years with summer search i have discovered my self, my light and my joy. Back in high school i was a difficult, stubborn, ass hole of a person walking down a dark road. When i was discovered by Emily on our first meeting i just gave up and told her about my life. the bumpy road to my life like depression, family problems, and what i wanted to do in my life. after being accepted to Sumer search i was able to let go of things, understand more about myself, and find joy in my life. Currently i am a Summer Search Alumi, i have grown, found joy and satisfaction in my life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

changing my life

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the organization

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

life changing

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great, understanding , kind

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

could be used for more offices across the uited states even maybe go national

Ways to make it better...

i knew about this sooner

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

being a mentor and getting to know the student more and to reflect what it is like to be in their shoes

One thing I'd also say is that...

i love them all.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-6-01

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