long-term, 7+ year commitment
For 34 years we have been breaking down barriers and fighting for equity for young people of color through our intensive, multi-year process to lead their families and communities to thrive.
9,039 YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE UNSTOPPABLE
TRAINed Mentors make a difference
Our mentors are skilled youth development practitioners who partner with students to learn and grow from their lived experiences through cycles of action and reflection.
95% said their mentor helped them set and pursue goals.
99% of Summer Searchers said their mentor encouraged them to
believe in themselves.
99% said their mentor supported their success in school.
94% said their mentor shared life lessons and values.
BREAKING BARRIERS AND REACHING THEIR EDUCATIONAL GOALS
Summer Searchers graduate at rates three times their first-generation peers also from low-income communities.
of seniors in the Class of 2023 graduated from high school.
of seniors were accepted into a 2- or 4-year college.
of our students earn a bachelor’s degree (within 6 years) compared to 21% of their peers.
STarting great careers
We believe our world is better off when everyone can discover their purpose. We support our students in discovering their purpose – namely, what drives them individually and what they intend to contribute to society. Providing one individual with holistic support creates generational outcome changes and have a ripple effect into broader society.
Living a Purposeful Life
We believe our world is better off when everyone can discover their purpose. Our mentorships, workshops, summer experiences, and personal development programs aim to help Summer Searchers take a reflective approach to their lives. This results in more conscious, empathetic, and self-assured leaders, ready to thrive in all areas of life.
of alumni said their summer experiences helped them explore their sense of purpose.
Roughly half of alumni (51%) are feeling like their life has a valued meaning and purpose.
Compared to a national sample of adults in the U.S., alumni were 3× more likely to report responses on a measure of emotional, social, and psychological well-being consistent with ‘flourishing.’
What Makes us Different
far reaching impact
influencing school policy
inspiring new social justice ventures
partnerships creating bright futures