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Van Nguyen

Pronouns: He/him Van is a Vietnam-born American, a first-year medical student at the University of Washington, and a proud Summer Search Seattle alum. Coming from a low-income immigrant background, he has seen first-hand the life-changing impact of amazing mentorship from Summer Search which helped him strive to meet his potential while navigating socioeconomic barriers. His long-term […]

Shabazz Abdulkadir

Shabazz is a Seattle native who graduated from Cleveland HS in 2013. She is passionate about the education and empowerment of underprivileged communities. After graduating from University of Washington with a B.A in Urban Planning, Shabazz now runs her own consulting firm working with community based organizations. Outside of work, you can find Shabazz gardening, […]

Mohamed Abdi

Pronouns: He/him My name is Mohamed Abdi. I am a proud Muslim, Somali, African American Leader who was born in a Kenyan refugee camp and raised in Tukwila and Seattle, Washington. I have been an advocate for racial and social justice issues since high school, where I served as a board representative for the Tukwila […]

Melen Yemane

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Pronouns: She/her/hers Melen is a Summer Search Alumna (Franklin High School Class of 2015) passionate about outdoor education, youth empowerment and challenging inequities to higher education. She received her B.A from the University of Washington (Class of 2019) with a focus on Rhetorical Communications. Melen is currently serving with AmeriCorps at College Possible Washington as […]

Jessica Par

Preferred Pronouns: She / They Born and raised in Chin State, Myanmar (Burma), Jessica resettled in Washington at a young age and grew up in South King County area. While growing up with her refugee family/community, Jessica realized the importance of education and was determined to pursue higher education. Jessica earned her B.A. in Education as a […]

Jayjay Pastores

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him Jayjay was born and raised in South Seattle and graduated from Franklin High School in 2017. He went on to study at both Bellevue College and the University of Washington to earn his B.A in Psychology and minor in Education. Jayjay is currently a peer mentor for neurodiverse students and is committed […]