SOURCE: Summer Search

Summer Search

July 09, 2010 10:00 ET

Low-Income 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

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - July 9, 2010) -  Seventy low-income, high potential high school juniors and seniors participating in Summer Search Seattle are taking off for intensive summer leadership programs in places ranging from Tanzania to the Galapagos Islands.

"Summer Search students will have life-changing experiences," said Deidre McCormack Martin, executive director of Summer Search Seattle. "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 29 Summer Search Seattle seniors graduated from 13 different high schools and 97% will be attending college in the fall -- most of them the first in their families to do so. And, three Summer Search Seattle students now in college returned to the Seattle area for paid internships with companies such as Guidant, Kapitall and North Cascade Institute.

Summer experiences last from three to six weeks, and are possible due to in-kind scholarships from over 30 participating programs, including Outward Bound, NOLS, Global Leadership Adventures and Amigos de las Americas.

- 205 students have participated in Summer Search Seattle since its 2003 start and 100% of the seniors have graduated from high school compared to just 50% of their peers.

- 95% of these high school graduates went on to college and 93% of those graduated or are on track to graduate from college, compared to 21% and 10%, 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 through a rigorous process that takes into account financial need and key personal characteristics including reflection, altruism, and potential. Summer Search also has programs in the San Francisco Bay Area (where it was founded 20 years ago), New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. For additional information visit

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