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"Why summer search? Because it opens a network of opportunities that I would've never had."

— Jordan, NYC Alum

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"Join Summer Search to meet new people and to get support in whatever pathway that you choose to do after high school and to be part of a big, fun community."

— Susan, Seattle Staff


"The heart of what we do is relationships. And that's the heart of what alumni work is."

— Seth, National Staff


"In Summer Search, I was able to create long lasting friendships and memories. Meanwhile, getting comfortable being vulnerable with other people."

— Elaisa, NYC Summer Searcher


"Because [Summer Search] provided me with opportunities I wouldn't have known about otherwise."

— David, Seattle Alum & Staff


"In the future I still, I always wanna be a part of summer search, whether it's me being a board member or stopping in the office when I do have the chance."

— Jessica, Philly Alumna


" I recommend Summer Search because they brought me to places such as Ecuador to chase my ambitions as doing humanitarian work."

— Jonathan, Seattle Summer Seacher


"As a proud Summer Search alum, Joel thanks Summer Search for all the support in helping him overcome the many obstacles of a first-generation college graduate. "

— Joel, NYC Alum


"Because this program will show you how powerful you truly are."

— Allie, Former Seattle Staff


"This team believe our students deserve the best and the highest quality program, and I witness them deliver that every single day. So for that, I am grateful."

— Hermese, Boston Alumna & Staff


"[Summer Search] gave me the tools, the space, the challenges, the opportunities, the mentorship I needed in my life to help me embrace where I come from and who I am."

— Lupita, Bay Area Alumna and Boston Alumni Board Member


"[The 2023 Alumni Summit & Leadership Conference] was exciting! It was invigorating, and I'm looking forward to the future. "

— Mykala, Philly Alumna


"Because I've seen my students grow so much in a year and a half socially, emotionally, mentally, and just get to be in a special community with each other."

— Joshua, NYC Staff


" I felt empowered, motivated to continue the work and reconnect with my summer search family."

— Angelica, Bay Area Alumna


"Because we're looking for students like you that want to grow, that want to challenge themselves, that wanna get it put in a new environment and learn. That's WHY!"

— Chano, Bay Area Alum


"Because this is a community that will meet you where you are at, and celebrate who you are."

— Therese, Seattle Staff


"Because Summer Search won't only help you search for your purpose, but will help you achieve your dreams and your goals."

— Diana, NYC Summer Searcher

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"Because you get to go to places like here!"

— Philip, Seattle Staff


"Why summer search? Because here you can make friends that'll be with you for life."

— Kenyon, Bay Area Staff

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" Summer Search is an awesome combination of a place to hang out after school, a place to connect with friends, a place to meet new friends, a place to help get support going into your post-secondary pathway, choosing a college, choosing a trade school, et cetera, and summer experiences."

— Peter, Former NYC Staff


"There's something so wonderful about the Summer Search community where, aside from challenging you to grow, you are just always welcomed with open arms, and feel right at home."

— Dariela, NYC Alumna & Staff Alumna


"Summer Search has given me the courage to do anything that I put my mind up to it"

— Jana, NYC Summer Searcher


"I have witnessed how transformational [Summer Search] is for young people. I saw students that were struggling to find their place become leaders in and outside of school. I have watched former Summer Searchers become adults that are making a difference in their communities!"

— Jennifer, College & Career Readiness Specialist, Foster High School


"If you express what you want outta life, Summer Search has your back."

— Diane, Former Boston Staff

Hawi, Seattle Summer Searcher

" I love Summer Search because they provide you with an extra like area of support, through high school and beyond. "

— Hawi, Seattle Summer Searcher

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"Because the more connections you got, the more money you'll make, the more friends you'll make."

— Jaylin, Seattle Staff

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"You should join Summer Search because you get amazing mentors, amazing help, and you get to make really cool, lifelong friends and you get to travel for free somewhere really cool."

— Edan, Seattle Summer Searcher


"Choose Summer Search for the amazing connections that you're gonna make with people from all across the country for the endless support that we're gonna provide to you and all of the amazing life-changing experiences that you'll get to be a part of."

— Logan, Seattle staff

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"Because you can go abroad for free. Get an amazing advisor who's always there to help you, and many more benefits."

— Ngoc, Bay Area Summer Searcher


"Summer Search saw the potential in me"

— Fernando, Boston Alum


"Summer Search, is a huge part of my, growing and helped me become the woman that I am today."

— Rachelle, Boston Alumna

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"Summer Search opens a doorway to new opportunities and possibilities."

— Harmony, Seattle Summer Searcher


"Why summer search? Not only do we have great mentors, great trips, it's all free!"

— Alex Jesus, Boston Alum & National Staff


"if you're looking for a community that truly got your back and wants you to be you as you are, come on over to Summer Search."

— Michael, Seattle Staff


"I chose Summer Search 'cause of the many opportunities and adventures I was able to go on."

— Kalkidan, Seattle Student


"Rakuten is immensely proud to support Summer Search's commitment to empowering students with skills and support to move past systemic obstacles and fulfill their potential. Working with their team has been a profoundly enriching experience. It’s humbling to be a collaborator with Summer Search on their heartfelt mission to equip students with skills and knowledge that will transform their lives and build secure futures."

— Elizabeth, University Recruiting Program Lead, Rakuten International


"Why Summer Search? You should do Summer Search for your peers, family, friends, and siblings, to set an example, and to live a better life."

— Noe, Seattle Summer Seacher

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"Because people of color deserve to have access to the outdoors just as much as everyone else."

— Morgan, former Bay Area staff


"To this day, I wear a bracelet on my wrist which I earned from my trip. It’s a reminder that leadership is about service—a lesson I learned through my Summer Search journey."

— Jamal, NYC Alum


"Because Summer Search helps you open your eyes to new opportunities. It helps you grow your mind and meet new people and get yourself out there. It helps you learn more about people in your community. "

— Evelyn, NYC Summer Searcher


"Summer Search taught me authenticity, self-determination, and agency."

— Kati, Boston Alumna

Jehan, Seattle Summer Searcher

"You should join Summer Search because you'll have a fun time and make good connections. "

— Jehan, Seattle Summer Searcher


"Summer Search allows me to feel so connected with my community all while being a part of something much bigger than myself."

— Fatoumata, NYC Summer Searcher


"You'll get to meet new people, have new experiences, and get to know yourself better."

— Megan, National Staff


" Even though it was a rainy, stormy day, these smiles really lit up the night ✨"

— Adriana, Boston Staff

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"You should join Summer Search because there's nothing more powerful than having a group of people believe in you, sometimes, even more than you believe in yourself."

— Nick, National Staff


"ConGRADulations to our High School graduates!! 🎓"

— Trixie, Boston Staff

We are ALWAYS looking to feature new perspectives on “Why Summer Search?” for #ThatsWhy; imagine this page five years from now…

Summer Searchers, staff, partners, donors, family, anyone who cares can share their voice via an HD photo and a written answer AND/OR a video to thatswhy@summersearch.org.

You can film selfie or selfless and the video must be under 60 seconds.

Welcome to the NEW summersearch.org!

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