What We Do

Summer Search is a national youth development non-profit. We work with low-income high school students to transform what they believe is possible for themselves. We help students in seven cities across the country develop the skills and character traits they need to become college-educated leaders who give back to their families and communities.

Since 1990, we’ve partnered with high schools to identify students short on opportunity and long on resilience, altruism, determination—character traits that hold the seeds for success in school and in life. We make a long-term investment in these students (at least five years, from high school through college).

Our character-based program is a unique combination of relationships and opportunities that helps them build the skills they need to thrive. We partner each student with a professional mentor and build a circle of relationships around them. Then, we offer them experiential opportunities that crack open their view of the world and ultimately reveal what they’re capable of.

Summer Search alumni, often the first in their families to earn a college degree, are beacons of change who give back to their families and communities.

— 83% of Summer Search students are on track to get a college degree; contrast that with fewer than 1 in 10 of their peers.
— 80% of surveyed alumni volunteered for social cause.


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