SOURCE: Summer Search

Summer Search

July 09, 2010 12:36 ET

Low-Income Bay Area High School Students Take Off for Life-Changing Educational Experiences Through Summer Search Mentoring Program

Graduation, Summer Experiences, Internships Are Key Turning Points for Disadvantaged Youth

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - July 9, 2010) -  One hundred and ninety low-income, high potential rising high school juniors and seniors participating in Summer Search San Francisco are taking off for intensive summer leadership programs in places ranging from the Alaskan wilderness to rural communities in Tanzania.

"Summer Search students will have life-changing experiences," said Melissa Rawlins, executive director of Summer Search San Francisco. "They'll discover that they can overcome fears and accomplish more than they thought possible. The summer experiential leadership program isn't a vacation, it opens students' eyes to what they can do and become and, as we've seen over the years, is the first step toward achieving their dreams." 

Additionally, this spring 79 Summer Search San Francisco seniors graduated from 37 different high schools in San Francisco and the East Bay, and 95% will be attending college in the fall -- most of them the first in their families to do so. And, 38 Summer Search San Francisco students now in college returned to the San Francisco Bay Area for paid and/or unpaid internships with companies and organizations such as the ACLU, Osterweis Capital Management, Dodge and Cox, Morgan Stanley, Legal Services for Children, and Youth Noise.

Summer experiences last three to six weeks and are possible due to in-kind scholarships from over 38 participating programs, including Outward Bound, National Outdoor Leadership School, Global Leadership Adventures, and Where There Be Dragons.

  • 1,344 students have participated in Summer Search San Francisco since its 1990 start and historically, nearly 100% of the seniors have graduated, compared to just 61% of their low-income peers.

  • Historically 93% of these high school graduates went onto college and 89% of those graduated, compared to 33% and 21%, respectively, for their peers.

Summer Search provides underprivileged students long-term support, including mentoring with trained staff, summer experiential programs, access to college and financial aid counseling, a peer support network, and professional development. Students are selected for participation during their sophomore year based on financial need and potential. Summer Search also has programs in the San Francisco North Bay, Silicon Valley, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Seattle. For additional information visit

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    Gary Summers
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