long-term, 7+ year commitment
For 30 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.
8,000 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.
Graduating from College on time and with less debt
Summer Searchers graduate at rates three times their first-generation peers also from low-income communities.
of our students earn a bachelor’s degree compared to 21% of their peers.
of participants are or will be the first in their families to attend college.
of our students graduate within 4 years, more than twice the national average.
of our high school seniors were accepted to college.
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 assure leaders, ready to thrive in all areas of life.
of alumni are always looking to find their life's purpose.
feel 'optimistic' about future job opportunities, compared to the national average of 65%
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