#SummerSearchNoCeilings + #Milestone75

Summer Search is raising $75 million in support of the bold visions and limitless potential of our students and alumni.

Our society creates obstacles that block young people from their search to define their purpose and reach their dreams.

Our 7-year program guides students through their formative years from age 15 to 22+ through immersive mentorship, educational opportunities, summer adventure experiences, and professional development.

Let's Create a World with No Ceilings

At Summer Search, we connect young people to expansive opportunities, professional mentoring, and a community of support.

Our students and alumni build confidence, break through systemic barriers, and win economic equality.

Summer Searchers are charting their own destiny and fulfilling their limitless potential.

Our 7-year program guides students through their formative years from age 15 to 22+ through immersive mentorship, educational opportunities, summer adventure experiences, and professional development.

Meet Our Students 

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Identity & Critical Consciousness

Maddie

"White supremacy is rooted in disembodiment -- we become disembodied from our heart center. Racism is rooted in loveless-ness. The way to combat that is by being in our bodies."

Identity & Critical Consciousness

Our commitment to fostering self-awareness, confidence, and opportunity during our students’ formative years leads many to heal from the racial injustices they experience on a daily basis so that they can thrive into the future.


Career Development

Obinna

"My advice to Summer Searchers: bet on yourself! You have everything plus more. Cultivate relationships, utilize mentors, and build your network in areas of interest and go for it. Don't be afraid to go confidently in whatever direction your dreams take you!"

Career Development

Our extensive post-secondary mentorship includes career training, financial counseling, internship matching, and professional development.

Mentorship

Lawrence

"I was a good student, but still wasn't confident. I didn't know what my options were for my future. When joining Summer Search, the mentoring forced me to unravel what made me myself, to understand more about me."

 MENTORSHIP 

Our 7-9 year mentorship program gives students foundational support they can count on. 95% said their mentor helped them set and pursue goals.

Empowering Opportunities

Brenda

"This summer, I met incredible individuals, had the opportunity to challenge myself mentally and physically, and began to recover from past trauma that I used to avoid talking about."

Empowering Opportunities

From wilderness programs to environmental justice to internships and more -- our summer experiences push our young people to exit their comfort zones and build leadership skills, all while expanding their world views.

Partners in Exploration

OUR Impact 
ON STUDENTS

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64% of our students earn a bachelor’s degree compared to 21% of their peers. They also graduate with $20k less debt.

Students and alumni at our Bay Area Gala.

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80% of alumnus feel 'optimistic' about future job opportunities, compared to the national average of 65%

Riana at her MBA graduation with her partner and child.

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Our 7-9 year mentorship program gives students foundational support they can count on. 95% of Summer Searchers said their mentor helped them set and pursue goals.

Mohamed with his mentor Therese.

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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.’

Jaquan with his family at his graduation.

For our Students,

YOUR investment UPLIFTS...

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Entrepreneurs

Critically-Conscious Leaders

First-Generation Firsts

Experiential Learning

Together, 
We Are Unstoppable

Every Summer Searcher, be they student, alumni, employee, donor, volunteer, or board member, invests in each other and themselves.

Your generosity transforms big dreams into boundless futures.

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