Our Recipe For Success

A Virtual Celebration of Summer Search Philadelphia

Thursday, March 10th at 12:00 PM Eastern



Since March 2020, COVID-19 has changed the ways in which we work, how we serve our students, and how we raise funds for support! During these times, Summer Search pushed forward with strategies that increased critical services to high school and post-secondary students in our program.

This virtual program will describe our successes, how we expanded our programming, met new challenges, and our plans for the future. To top off our virtual celebration: a presentation by a prominent food culturalist will add the pièce de résistance!

Special Guests: Pamela Lehrer, Lori & Matt Espe, Pamela Sarne McCormick, Tracy Motley, and Sylvia Watts McKinney

Summer Search Alums: Carla Linton, Cesar Cortorreal, and Chris Fortson-Linton

Summer Search Olney Charter High School Student: Jedalie 

Featuring: Food Culturalist, Ryan Hinkson and Documentary Visual Story By: Charles Oliva with assistance from Nile Winters, Summer Search Temple University College Student

Virtual Event Sponsored by: Lori & Matt espe, Stephanie DiMarco & Jim Harleen, Troutman Pepper, Event Specialists, Cozen O'Connor

Kindly rSVP by February 25, 2022 in order to ensure your gift box is delivered in time for our event!

Ryan Hinkson, Featured Speaker

Food Culturalist, Self-Made Entrepreneur, Face and Soul behind @EatFamous

Ryan is a creative stalwart and modern-day pioneer who epitomizes the term “content creator.” A marketing genius who truly revolutionized the art of food and drink content creation.

A self-made entrepreneur, Ryan is the face and soul behind the ever-popular Instagram account @EatFamous. Ryan has used his platform to elevate both brand and cause with his unique style and technique. With an organic following of over 266K followers and a hashtag that has been used over 4 million times, Ryan continues to amass a fleet of Fortune 500 clientele seeking his expertise.

Along with his ongoing client work, Ryan consciously utilizes his creative and influential voice within the BIPOC youth community offering insight and mentorship. Ryan is also a staunch supporter of the independent small business owner developing programming and insight to assist businesses with much needed resources.

The food and drink industry has taken notice and Ryan is consistently representing some of the largest global brands the likes of McDonald’s, Air Miles, Google, American Express, The Toronto Raptors, Hudson’s Bay Company, Domino’s Pizza, Hershey Canada, A&W, The LCBO and others.


At Summer Search, we believe our world is better off when everyone can discover their purpose.

Our mission is to unleash students' potential through mentoring and transformative experiences. Beginning in their sophomore year of high school through post-secondary completion, we partner with our students to help them discover that they possess the talent and strength to carve their place in the world.

Our Impact:

  • 100% of our students graduate from high school on time.
  • 69% earn a bachelor’s degree within 6 years of high school graduation, compared to 21% of their peers.
  • The majority of our alumni hold debt of less than $30K, compared to $50K for adults aged 22–35 who borrowed money for college.



Philadelphia Board

Pamela Lehrer, Chair
Harvey Ashman | Larry Brotzge | Joe Clark | Tom Cole | Bryan Colket | Cesar Cortorreal, alumnus |  Lori Espe | Ben Greenfeld | Jessica Hogan, alumna | Andrew Kaplan | James Kennedy | Pamela Sarne McCormick | Mike Morgan | Tracy Motley | Tuan Nguyen | Charles Oliva | Steve Poole | Luke Saunders | Jonathan Sears | Christina Selby | Mike Whalen

Philadelphia Staff

Sylvia Watts McKinney, Executive Director

Carmita Champ | Carlos Hernandez Corona | Robert Gannone | Annie McGuirk-Molina | Tolulope Oladele | Aurora Pomales | Sydney Salley | Muffy

Torres | Orneno Wright

National Board

Teke Kelley, Chair | Antoine Andrews | John Brennan | John Casares | Erik C. Christoffersen | Jill Cowan | Andre M. Cuerington |                           Stephanie DiMarco | Jeff Dorigan | Suzanne Eberhard | Dana M. Emery | Murphy Grant | Brandi Hudson | Angela Jackson | Robin Klaus |                 Sasha Kovriga, Alumnus | Jean Lee | Pamela Lehrer | Bibiana Leite | Tom Mattimore | Jim Milligan | Kurt Mobley | Robert Okun |                         Jabali Sawicki, Alumnus | Jeff Shames | Diana S. Strandberg | Graves Tompkins | Erik Toth


Please reach out to Annie McGuirk-Molina with any questions concerning corporate sponsorships at amcguirkmolina@summersearch.org.