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August 5, 2008

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August 5, 2008

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

the success of its graduates, and for helping me realize how strong I can be and how far I can go. Keep reaching out to those kids. A lot of other people have given up, but you haven't.

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

I wouldn't. I'm not the running kind. I would help support the person running from behind the scenes.

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

The people and places and trying new things. Growing as a community.

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

nice, fun, loving, supportive, understanding, patient

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

reach more kids in other states than they already have. Become more global.

Ways to make it better...

My experience was great and still is. The only thing I have to deal with is my personal demons.

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

trying to keep up with the growing numbers of kids/alums and giving more programs without going broke.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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August 5, 2008

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

Believing in us. Encouraging us to dream.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

the growth.

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

open, warm, challenging.

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

save the world!

Ways to make it better...

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

staying true to principles as it grows

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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

For many of its students Summer Search has encouraged them through high school and become the 1st in their family to go to college.

Ways to make it better...

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

market it even harder and grow faster!

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

Talking to my mentor and becoming good friends with her.

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

devoted, caring, kind, passionate

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

serve hundreds more students and have new offices!

Ways to make it better...

mentors seemed to really real (care about your issues) all the time. They were there 80% of the time. I know it's hard!

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

how to grow big and keep the quality.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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

the continuous support, the skills I've acquired and a near-fearless attitude.

Ways to make it better...

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

talk to Jay Jacobs 24/7 to make sure it didn't tank.

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

the support and endearing sense of family.

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

awesome, committed, dedicated, beautiful

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

start an L.A. office!

Ways to make it better...

I had been denied my request to not go on a wilderness trip.

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

growing without losing sight of the mission.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 2, 2008
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August 2, 2008
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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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

100% of all Summer Search students graduate high school. They help you during the good and bad times of HS

Ways to make it better...

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

allow the students to choose where they go but to have them explain their reasoning for their choice

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

having someone to listen!

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

phenomenal, spectacular, slightly over happy but kept students smiling

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

allow more students an opportunity to grow

Ways to make it better...

I would keep in contact more often

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

having students open up to total strangers

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 2, 2008

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August 2, 2008

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

myself. In my growth through their mentoring and in the growth of my peers in the program.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would to to open offices in more states.

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

having someone to talk to about anything. The close relationships I've formed with my mentors and my Summer Search trips!

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

kind, understanding. Pushed me to talk about the hard things. There for me, my family.

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

reach out to more students like myself and change many, many more lives.

Ways to make it better...

I had more connection to the other kids in my Summer Search class.

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

is how to reach out to more people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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August 2, 2008

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

me. The way that I look at the world is different and that is because of Summer Search.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

the constant self reflection/improvement

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

amazing!

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

hire more staff members to help the organization grow.

Ways to make it better...

n/a

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

needs more male staff members

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 2, 2008
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August 2, 2008
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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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way I have personally changed as well as the additional amount of students.

Ways to make it better...

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

make the students participate in more activities; calls twice a week

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

growing into who I wanted to be.

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

challenging, understanding, inspirational

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

change the lives of 20 million plus students

Ways to make it better...

had more one on one with mentor

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

possibly money?

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 2, 2008

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August 2, 2008

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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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.

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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

August 2, 2008

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August 2, 2008

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.

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

the growing number of alumni!

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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