We serve students with great potential, but unequal opportunity due to systemic inequities that stifle their ability to obtain postsecondary degrees, participate in the workforce, or gain financial stability.


Through a combination of mentoring and transformative experiences, Summer Search students strengthen the skills they need to thrive in school, work, and life.

Our Reach:


young people thriving


students we currently serve


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

Summer Searchers are 3 times more likely to graduate with a 4-year degree than their peers and become the kind of leaders our country needs—civic leaders, advocates, industry leaders, teachers, mothers, and fathers.

Their collective leadership ripples out into the community and future generations and contributes to a more equitable society.

Since 1990, Summer Search has focused on supporting our students to pursue a college degree with the best financial package available.

Last year:


of our high school seniors were accepted into a 4-year or 2-year college

$7 Million

in financial aid and scholarships


of most recent classes of college students earned a 4-year college degree within six years (compared to 21% of their peers)

Despite our students persisting and graduating from college at remarkably higher rates than students with similar backgrounds, our students’ and alumni’s dreams and aspirations are broader than a sole focus on a degree.

This is a call for Summer Search to have a bolder vision of success for our young people—one that includes:

Workforce Participation

Financial Stability

Post-Secondary Education

*Note: We are working to develop and formalize our programming and reporting for students who are three to six years beyond high school graduation and students who pursue alternative post-secondary pathways.

Supporting Young People to Thrive.