Our History

1990 Summer Search San Francisco founded by Linda Mornell.


1995 Summer Search’s first alumnus graduates college and Summer Search Boston launches.


1996 Mentoring by trained staff begins.


1998 Summer Search North Bay opens and the first alumnus serves on a board of directors.


1999 College counseling and professional development support added.


2003 Summer Search opens offices in New York City and Seattle.


2005 Summer Search Silicon Valley launches.


2007 First Alumni Summit takes place in San Francisco.


2008 Summer Search expands to Philadelphia and college access and success programming added.


2011 Students served hits 2,000 mark nationally (a goal set back in 2008).


2013 Summer Search National Alumni Network forms to bring together more than 2,300 alumni.


2014 Alumni Giving and Donor Society launches with 37 donors.


2015 Summer Search celebrates its 25th Anniversary.


2016 Our San Francisco, North Bay, and Silicon Valley sites merge to become Summer Search Bay Area.


2017 15 Summer Search alumni serve on our boards, with 40+ alumni serving in a variety of leadership roles. 9% of our staff are alumni.


2018 Summer Search unveils a bolder vision of success for our students—including educational attainment, workforce participation, and financial stability.


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