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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training, Leadership Development, Youth Development Programs

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.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Summer Search helped me realize how important I am and to keep fighting for what I believe what the rest of the world has gone out.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Summer Search has helped me live a more fulfilling life. *This review was collected on a site visit and entered by GreatNonprofits staff

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They were my emotional outlet; I don't like to talk about myself, so it was good to let it all out and grow from feeling like a victim to feeling super empowered.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Though my trip was a very difficult emotional experience, my life as an alumni changes me ever day. I have learned so much about myself and giving and I OWE so much to SS and my mentor, Jay Jacobs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Summer Search allowed me to explore things I would have never done. Before Summer Search my outlook on life was negative and I lacked something, something in which I never thought I would get from this program. This program helped me find a more positive outlook on many things.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Summer Search changed my life! They helped me grow in my relationships with everyone around me and most of all to grow as a person. It is hard to find words to describe how much Summer Search has meant to me.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Summer Search has been the catalyst of my change. It has opened my eyes to the tremendous amount of opportunities out there. I give Summer Search a 4 only because no one is perfect and there is always room for improvement.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Summer Search helped me realize my anger issues, become more confident and feel comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings. It connected me with my current job at an investment firm. It helped me express myself! Changed my life!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.