Summer Search alumni are carving their place in the world and leading lives of purpose
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Summer Search Alumni are giving back and making a positive impact on the world
More than 4,500 alumni and growing!
Summer Search is proud to have graduated nearly 4,500 students. Our alumni share a wide range of achievements that are the pride and joy of our program.
30 alumni serving on staff and boards!
Summer Search Alumni are the best role models for our students. Their leadership at the organization is vital to our present and future success.
Nearly 65% of alumni are engaged with Summer Search each year
Alumni are highly engaged long after graduation. From joining our staff or Boards, to donating their time and resources, our alumni remain connected in ways big and small.
Alumni-generated revenue exceeded $250,000 last year
More than 450 alumni made gifts, pledges, and matching gifts in excess of a quarter of a million dollars in 2020, with a median gift of $75.
Light the way for the next generation of Summer Searchers.
“After college, Summer Search and I found each other again, and again, and again. From connecting me with mentors after college, to allowing me to become a mentor myself to other Summer Search students, this organization has continued to provide opportunities to grow.”
—Niles Lichtenstein, CEO & Co-Founder of Enwoven
Summer Search Bay Area Board Member, Alumnus
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You're a Light in Someone's Life
At Summer Search, we nurture relationships and opportunities, providing our young people with mentoring, opportunities for growth, and access to professional networks. At the same time, our community of staff, alumni, and supporters also benefit tremendously from the connections made with Summer Searchers.
Our brand new tool called Summer Search CONNECT will do just that through an innovative new online social network just for Summer Searchers. Join Now
Summer Search Alumni leaders organize events across the country for Alumni members. We meet for networking hours, social parties, galas, mixers, and support. Visit this page to learn more about upcoming events in your area. Reach out to the local alumni board in your city to get involved!
Summer Search Alumni members gather in several social media groups across the web. The first and most prominent group is the National Summer Search Alumni group on Linkedin. The second place to find local alumni members are our city-specific local Facebook group chapters. Request to join and our moderators will make sure you have access.
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Seeking ways to contribute financially to our program? We can help set you up. Visit our How to Donate page to learn about the many ways you can contribute. Visit our Impact page to learn about our far-reaching student successes. If you're ready to make a one-time or recurring donation now, you can do so by visiting our Donate page.
At Summer Search, mentors are trained staff members. Our Alumni mentors are some of the most powerful sources of wisdom in our organization. You've been there. You've experienced what our students are experiencing. You know what to expect from the program and you often know what emotional challenges lie ahead. If you're interested in making a difference in our students' lives, check out our open positions below:
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Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.
Bao-Chau is a Summer Search Seattle Alumna (Ingraham High School Class of 2011) dedicated to challenging inequity, championing social change, and celebrating diversity. She received her B.A. from Cornell College (Class of 2015) with a concentration in Mathematics and Economics. She is currently a Finance Associate at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Outside of work, you can find her mixing up a mean home craft cocktail, and caring for her plant collection and two fur children.
Brenda is a native Seattleite who graduated from Sammamish High School in 2021 and the University of Washington in 2016. She’s now an Event Manager in the technology industry adapting to the new stay-at-home orders. During these new times, Brenda enjoys ordering take-out, taking spin-classes from home, and visiting the cutest Airbnb’s in the PNW.
Elizabeth is Los Angeles born and Renton raised. She graduated from Renton High School in 2015 and went on to earn her B.A. in psychology with a minor in sociology at Scripps College. She is now pursuing her MAED in School Counseling at Seattle University. Elizabeth was moved to return to Summer Search as an alumni board member out of her gratitude for all that the Summer Search Seattle team has done to help cultivate her into the leader she is today. Elizabeth credits her experience as a Summer Searcher for fostering her passion and commitment to supporting low income, first-generation students of color like herself. It is in becoming a secondary school counselor that she hopes she will be able to continue facilitating the growth and success of many more students to come.
In her spare time, Elizabeth can be found enjoying a good video game with family and friends, binging true crime podcasts, practicing her Japanese, catching up on This Is Us, and cuddling with her Pomeranian Eskimo Snowball.
Marie is passionate about creating opportunities for everyone to succeed. She is committed to promoting equitable environments within education and is currently working as the Director for Student Affairs for the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington. She earned her B.A. from Scripps College, the womxn’s college of the Claremont Colleges, and earned her Master’s in Higher Education from the University of Michigan. Whether it’s K-12, nonprofit, or higher education institutions, Marie has always maintained a commitment to serving students.
Mysonne is committed to practicing advocacy alongside his communities and peers. He maintains a sociological lens, viewing all spaces as an opportunity to develop longstanding equity within surrounding institutions, and is currently seeking a role to catalyze this growth among marginalized populations. He earned his B.A. in Global Development Studies from Seattle Pacific University, and continues to use these experiences to propel his desire for change.
Tigist is a passionate and driven advocate for marginalized individuals and aims to contribute her time to serve underprivileged youth in any capacity. Being raised in Tukwila, WA she has had the privilege of growing up in one of the most diverse communities in our nation. She proudly graduated from Foster High School in 2011 where she went on to attend Washington State University to attain her B.S in Psychology, minoring in Childhood Development. She loved her experience so much she went back to WSU to attain her MBA and will be graduating spring of 2021.
She has a two-year-old son whom she accredits her endless source of motivation, too. In her spare time, you can find her behind her phone frantically trying to capture every memorable moment with her phone. Photography has naturally become a part of her favorite new hobbies because of her son Ilyas. In addition to savoring moments, she is also a self-acclaimed foodie, relishing in anything edible. She also enjoys long hikes and rainy Sunday evenings.