Carve Your Place In The World

You have the talent and inner strength to carve your place in the world. To discover your purpose and forge a path to the future of your dreams. We are here to partner with you on this journey — connecting you to a community of support and expansive opportunities.

Figuring out the steps on your journey — which steps to take in your education and launching your career — can feel daunting. Summer Search is here to support you in navigating these steps beginning in your sophomore year of high school through to launching your career and beyond. Watch our video:

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Overview of Our Program

High School: You will be matched with a staff mentor and a group of your peers in sophomore year for mentoring sessions. And you will prepare for an awesome and challenging summer experience at the end of sophomore year.

Post-Secondary: In your junior year you will be matched with an advisor who will partner with you to determine your education goals after high school and develop a plan to achieve them.

Alumni Network: ‘Once a Summer Searcher, always a Summer Searcher.’ Our thriving alumni community is a dynamic group who stay connected to support one another personally and professionally.


How to Become a Summer Searcher

Learn Where We Work.

Summer Search partners with high schools and community based organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Philadelphia, Boston, and New York City — please check to see if we are working with your high school by selecting your location. If we are working with your school, reach out to email listed on community page for more information.

Contact your local Summer Search office to learn more:


Confirm You're Eligible.

To be eligible for Summer Search, you must be a sophomore attending a partner school, be Free and Reduced lunch-eligible and be born on or after August 1, 2003.

Attend an Information Session.

You will receive an invitation to attend a virtual information session about Summer Search to learn more. If you did not receive an invite, you can still attend. Reach out to the Summer Search staff member listed on your community page.

Complete an Online Application.

After you attend an information session about Summer Search, you will be invited to complete an online application. Your parent or guardian will be invited to review your application and provide some additional information.

Start Your Journey with Summer Search.

You will hear whether you are accepted into Summer Search a few weeks after completing your online application.

Attend an Interview or Welcome Conversation.

During the interview or welcome conversation you will get more information about our program, meet our staff, and share a bit about yourself. In the 2020/2021 school year, these meetings will be virtual.

Still Have Questions?

Visit our Parents and Family FAQ page »

We can't wait to partner with you to carve your place in the world!

Supporting Young People to Thrive.