SOURCE: Summer Search

July 12, 2010 07:00 ET

Low-Income New York City High School Students Take Off for Life-Changing Educational Experiences Through Summer Search Mentoring Program

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

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) -  Ninety-nine (99) low-income, high potential high school juniors and seniors participating in Summer Search are taking off for intensive summer educational experiences in places ranging from the Colorado Rocky Mountains to India.

"Summer Search students will have life-changing experiences as they encounter new cultures or wilderness challenges," said Karina Kirsch, Executive Director of Summer Search in New York. "They'll discover that they can overcome fears and accomplish more than they thought possible. The summer program 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 38 Summer Search seniors graduated from high school and 84% will be attending college in the fall -- 90% of them are the first in their families to do so. Several Summer Search students now in college have returned to New York this summer for internships with companies such as JP Morgan, Bronx District Attorney's Office, Zephyr Management, Oppenheimer & Co, and the Ford Foundation.

The summer educational experiences last 3 - 7 weeks and are possible due to in-kind scholarships from over 50 participating programs, including Outward Bound, Deer Hill Expeditions, Global Leadership Adventures, AFS-USA, and others.

Since 2003, Summer Search has helped over 250 low-income youth in NYC to go on life changing summer experiences and most importantly, to continue on to post-secondary education. 100% of Summer Search NYC students have graduated from high school, compared to a little over 50% of their peers throughout the city.

These students have enrolled in college at an average rate of 93%, significantly above the college enrollment rate among their low-income peers across the nation of 21%. Summer Search students also stay in college -- the retention rate has been above 80%, far above the national rate for all student demographics.

About Summer Search

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 of high school through a rigorous process that takes into account 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 Boston. For additional information visit

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