Reflecting on Another Unprecedented Year

Distilling 12 months onto a page is a challenging endeavor. 2021 was another year of social, political, and economic volatility; as if every step we, as a society, took forward was followed by two steps backwards.

For Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and first-generation individuals, systemic barriers restrict access to high-quality education, mentoring, growth opportunities, and networks. In 2020 and 2021, COVID-19 continued to exacerbate the divide.

Nevertheless, the Summer Search community remains strong and resilient.

Members of the Summer Search Boston Alumni Board staying active and engaged.

Summer Search Seattle student Yary celebrating her transition to college with her mentors via Zoom.

Deva SoulJourneys group

An all-Summer-Search program led by alumnae Daisy (Bay Area) and Shakya (Philly).

Philly Outreach Presentation

Philadelphia Summer Searchers helping present to new sophomores during Outreach season.

Our participants, alumni, and their families inspire us with their authenticity, vulnerability, and their bold visions for their futures.

Our staff and leadership team drives us by continuing to show up and find new and innovative ways to be there for our students and their families.

Our board members, partners, and supporters empower us to grow, evolve, and expand the opportunities we provide our participants.

We invite you to read our 2021 Annual Report to look back on the many ways that our community adapted to answer the call to ensure that Summer Search remained an unwavering resource to our participants and their families.

Building A Future With No Ceilings

Despite the challenges of 2020 and 2021, Summer Searchers are building confidence, breaking through systemic barriers, and winning economic equality.

Their visions are bold and their potential is limitless. They're creating a world with No Ceilings.

In that same bold spirit, Summer Search is proud to announce that we are raising $75 million to ensure that our organization continues to grow alongside the evolving needs and boundless visions of our participants and communities.

No Ceilings is more than a campaign; it's our call to action.

Your investment ensures that all Summer Searchers can thrive.

Cover photo: Students from Summer Search New York City celebrating at the NYC Associate Board Soiree in 2021.

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