Our Summer Search Story
Suzanne has supported Summer Search for 4 years and has been a Seattle Board member since 2016 and last year joined the Summer Search National Board. Why Suzanne supports Summer Search:
1) My mom was the first to graduate college in our family and I have experienced, firsthand, how education can transform families for generations. 94% of Summer Search students are first generation college bound
2) The students are incredible, and I have witnessed the power of change through this program. I watch them strengthen their sense of self, lose the boundaries that were holding back their dreams, and thrive with confidence.
3) I’m a big believer that everyone needs a mentor, especially these students. Summer Search students start with a full-time, professional mentor at age 15. The mentoring program continues through college. The path for many of these students would get derailed if it wasn’t for the power of the mentor relationships. It’s a big part of the secret sauce that makes this program so successful.
Mike has been supporting Summer search alongside Suzanne and had the opportunity to help in partnership with SAP Concur. Why Mike supports Summer Search:
1) There are systemic inequities in our society. I was fortunate to have a privileged upbringing and I am excited to support programs that provide long-term solutions to assisting those with fewer privileges. Summer Search serves communities from where only 25% attend college and changes the equation. Last year, 100% of their high school students graduated and 89% matriculated to a college this past fall.
2) I like to support the strongest ROI (return on investment). The change that this program provides will multiply in the future. We know that the success of these kids has an impact on their siblings. As they have families of their own, we know their next generation will know no bounds. That’s ROI!
3) As Suzanne stated, these students are incredible. I have met some of them, been a co-worker with some of them and they are nothing short of inspiring. I am confident that they are our future leaders. The one thing they all say is “I just wouldn’t be at this place in my life without Summer Search”.
We are asking for your help. The combination of the fundraiser being cancelled and the fact these students and their families are truly affected by the economic impact of Covid 19, make this an urgent request. Please help with any size gift that you can.
Mike & Suzanne
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. 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 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 unpreceded 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