Critical Need Now
Summer Search supports 500 young people from low-income communities in Tukwila, Kent, Renton, and Highline to become educated, thriving young adults. The devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our low-income communities disproportionately. Our students have talent and potential, but they do not have financial resources they can redirect for unexpected needs. More than 93% of our high school students qualify for free and reduced lunch, and our families have a median household income of $28,000. A majority of our students and their families have experienced job loss, food insecurity, and threats to stable housing and and reported heightened stress and uncertainty about their futures.
With schools closed and other support systems at capacity, Summer Search is one of the few constants our young people can count on for the support they need.
To ensure their path to thriving adulthood is not permanently disrupted, Summer Search is providing low-barrier, urgent funding for groceries, utilities, and housing. To help young people process the new world around them, our team is also working harder than ever to provide in-depth mentoring with highly trained, full-time staff.
We are uniquely positioned to act in a time of crisis to ensure our young people are unstoppable in pursuing their dreams. With your help, we can support more than 500 young people and their families in South King County - and make sure their path to college education, a successful career, and thriving continues.
This is why we are asking for your support TODAY. At a time when our services are most critical AND we are fulfilling unprecedented emergency funding requests, our fundraising revenue is most at risk. The pandemic has forced us to cancel our fundraising luncheon, which typically provides more than 30% of our $2 million annual operating budget. To continue work as a trusted partner for our young people this year, it is critical that we meet our revenue goal of $650,000.
Thanks to our generous Matching Challenge contributors, all donations of $500 or more will be DOUBLED, and donations of $2,500 or more will be TRIPLED, including monthly recurring donations.
When you donate to Summer Search, you help students discover the power and resilience within themselves. Your generous support opens doors for high school students with high potential but little access to the privileges society often requires to achieve upward mobility. Our comprehensive program gives Summer Search students sustained, holistic support from high school, through post-secondary college and career pursuits and beyond so that they thrive in adulthood.
About Summer Search
Summer Search is a youth development organization creating greater equity by empowering young people from low-income backgrounds to become purpose-driven leaders who are financially stable, in a family-sustaining career and civically engaged.
At Summer Search, we believe our world is better off when everyone can discover their purpose. Yet, for too many bright young people, obstacles unfairly block their search. Every day we connect students to expansive opportunities. And we show them they possess not just the talent, but also the inner strength to carve their place in the world. Because when each of us cultivates the power and courage inside us, we become unstoppable.
We are serving a critical population in South King County – and making a difference:
112 high school students and families from 8 schools in Tukwila, Renton, Highline, Kent
188 post-secondary students and families
225 program alumni and families
95% of our participants are young people of color
94% of our students will be first-generation college bound
93% qualify for free and reduced lunch
$28,327 is the median family income of our participants
100% of our Class of 2019 high school seniors graduated from high school
89% matriculated to a 2- or 4-year college this past fall
67% earned a 2- or 4-year degree, compared to 28% of King County students from low-income backgrounds