Youth Development

Summer Search

  • San Francisco, CA
  • www.summersearch.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to help low-income teenagers transform what they believe is possible for themselves and develop the skills they need to become college educated leaders who give back to their families and communities.

Main Programs

  1. Summer Search
Service Areas

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California

Boston, New York City, North San Francisco Bay, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley

ruling year

1990

Chief Executive Officer

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Ms. Amy Saxton

Keywords

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out-of-school, youth development, leadership, at-risk youth, education, summer, experiential education, mentoring, college access, college success, low-income, youth

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Also Known As

Summer Search

EIN

68-0200138

 Number

7610888893

Physical Address

101 Howard Street Suite 250

San Francisco, CA 94105

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs

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Program 1

Summer Search

Summer Search is a high-impact program that gives low-income students the opportunities and support they need to transform their lives, achieve their own potential, and create change as role models and everyday leaders. We partner with public high schools to select low-income high school students who demonstrate reflection, altruism and performance (RAP) and use a four-pronged approach to help them develop leadership skills as they graduate from high school and continue to college:

1. Year-round mentoring by full-time staff: This mentoring is weekly sophomore year through senior year of high school and several times a semester during the vulnerable first two years of college. It helps students build the skills to be successful in college, such as problem-solving, thinking critically, utilizing healthy outlets, and investing in school. Students also learn to reach out and cultivate relationships, increasing their capacity to be self-advocates. 2. Full scholarships to two private summer programs after sophomore and junior years of high school. Sophomores go on a wilderness leadership expedition, and juniors participate in an academic program, community service trip, or family home-stay abroad. These experiences strengthen students' follow through, leadership, and ability to connect with higher-income peers, all of which readily carry over to college. 3. Practical college support including SAT preparation and college and financial aid advising in senior year of high school and throughout college. In addition to full-time college staff providing direct services, Summer Search's work is supported by partnerships with colleges, college scholarship programs and other non-profits. 4. Focused early college support and then access to our alumni association: our supports and resources for students in college and beyond are focused in four areas: academics and college persistence, career exploration including access to internships and professional skill building coaches and workshops, engagement on campus and in the community, and financial aid and money management.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$6,765,901.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Boston, New York City, North San Francisco Bay, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley

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Summer Search
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Summer Search

Leadership

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Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Amy Saxton

BIO

Amy grew up with a front row seat to the fulfillment of the American dream. Her mother emigrated to the U.S. from Panama and became the first in her family to graduate from college. Through hard work and sheer determination, Amy's parents catapulted their family to the middle class, helping numerous family members seeking their own version of the dream along the way. Their message to Amy: “You can be anything you want to be. AND you have to know your community and give back." Amy's life work is built on those words.

Her commitment has been honed in leadership roles across the nonprofit sector. At Summer Search, Amy is our conduit for inspirational energy, drawing on her broad background in leadership, strategy and education to lead the way towards our vision. During her seven years at Bridgespan, Amy developed growth strategies for leading youth development organizations and implemented firm-wide initiatives to recruit and retain employees of color. She has also served as a director at Springboard Forward, where she deepened her expertise on how to fine tune organizations for greatest impact.

Amy's work includes published articles on education, including The Challenge of Organizational Learning, (Stanford Social innovation Review, 2011); Going for the Gold: The Secret of Successful Charter Schools (Education Next, 2009); Aspire Public Schools: Building the Organizational Capacity for Healthy Growth and The Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans: Focusing for Impact, (2008 and 2006; case studies at Bridgespan.org).

Amy holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MA in education from Stanford University School of Education, and a BA in English from Harvard University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jim Milligan

Baker Street Advisors, LLC

Term: Oct 2015 -

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