Summer Search

Rating: 4.86 stars   28 reviews


500 Sansome Street, Suite 350 San Francisco CA 94111 USA


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.

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


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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Reviews for Summer Search

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Summer Search was and still is helping me to become who I am destined to be. They never doubted me and never turned their backs on me. They are everything they can be or you want them to be.

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

the definite success of graduates. ALso the mentors being able to step into kids' shoes and going on wilderness experiences to understand what we go through.

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

do the same.

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

everything-trips, mentorship, volunteer and board membership.

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

perfect, amazing, everything and anything.

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

change more kids' lives.

Ways to make it better...

it was already great.

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

growing larger and still maintaining the core value of what Summer Search is to Summer Search but more importantly to students.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


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