SOURCE: Summer Search

July 12, 2010 12:33 ET

Low-Income Boston 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

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) - Two hundred forty (240) low-income, high potential high school sophomores and juniors participating in Summer Search are taking off for intensive summer leadership programs ranging from Outward Bound expeditions in Oregon to community service projects in Mongolia.

"These experiential summer programs put Summer Search students in situations they wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to experience," said Debbie Krause, Executive Director of Summer Search Boston. "This not only builds their leadership skills, it also lets them recognize that their own abilities far exceed what they may have previously believed. For these 240 students, this confidence in what they can achieve is the first step toward graduating high school and ultimately graduating from college, as 89% of our students do."

Additionally, this spring 110 Summer Search seniors graduated from 38 different high schools and 96% will be attending college in the fall -- most of them the first generation in their families to do so. And, 40 Summer Search alumni now in college returned to Boston for internships with companies such as Bain Capital, Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Law School, UBS Financial Services, and Loomis, Sayles & Company.

Summer experiences last three to eight weeks and are possible due to in-kind scholarships from over 75 participating programs, including Outward Bound, AFS, Deer Hill Expeditions, the Northfield Mount Hermon School, and many others.

Over 700 students have participated in Summer Search since its 1996 start in Boston and 100% of the seniors have graduated from high school. 94% of these high school graduates went on to 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 Bay Area (where it was founded 20 years ago), Seattle, Philadelphia, and New York. For additional information visit

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