We’ve seen that with the right support and opportunities, students from low-income backgrounds can earn a college degree and change the face of leadership in our communities.

We serve students who have the desire and potential to graduate college, but who may not be able to due to under-resourced environments and internalization of oppressive systems that promote negative attitudes and beliefs about themselves and their belonging in an academic environment.

95%

qualify for free or reduced lunch

91%

are first-generation college students

96%

are students of color

Through a combination of mentoring, experiential opportunities, college advising, and support, Summer Search students strengthen the skills they need to thrive in school and in life.

It’s a long-term investment. And it works.

Our Impact:

90%

of graduating seniors matriculate to college

88%

of our college students re-enroll the following year

71%

earn a 4-year college degree

And it ripples out. A college degree increases lifetime earnings by about $1 million (vs. high school degree). So Summer Searchers are not only becoming college graduates and socially responsible leaders, but they’re also passing on their educational advantage to the next generation.

Our Reach:

6,200

young people we have helped to soar

3,500

students we currently serve

5

locations: Bay Area, Boston, New York, Philadelphia & Seattle