Every journey starts with a dream.
Our society creates obstacles that block young people from their search to define their purpose and reach their dreams.
At Summer Search, we partner with students in navigating systemic barriers so they can achieve economic equity and a life of purpose.
We connect young people to expansive opportunities, professional mentoring, and a community of support.
Throughout this journey, participants build confidence, break through systemic barriers, and win economic equality.
Summer Searchers DREAM bigger, SEE what’s possible for themselves, and can DO anything!
100% of Summer Searchers have dreams and aspirations for their futures, and our program is designed to illuminate the path forward by connecting participants to the tools, strength, and vision that already exist within them.
Through our 7-9 year partnerships, participants receive in-depth professional mentoring, 2 fully sponsored life-changing summer experiences, start-to-finish post-secondary advising, and wraparound career and financial-wellbeing supports - so that Summer Searchers can build lives of thriving adulthood.
Click here to see our 2022 Impact Report.
Join us and Support Summer Searchers to Dream, See, and Do in 2023 and Beyond!
Together we need to raise more than $500,000 to continue serving as a trusted partner to our incredible participants and sustain our increased sophomore class - not only this year, but next year too.
2023 marked a momentous new chapter at Summer Search Seattle. Thanks to past support from our community and careful planning, we increased our incoming sophomore class by 30%! Instead of welcoming 45 new participants this year, we're enrolling 83. This means the graduating class of 2025 will be Summer Search Seattle's largest yet!
Like more than 625 young people before them, they will be connected to expansive opportunities, professional mentoring, and a community of support.
Your generosity helps make this work possible.
Join us now and support the bold visions and limitless potential of even more students and alumni.
Make a Donation Today!
Help us unlock a $200,000 Matching Challenge Fund!
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.
Multiply your gift here!
WITH YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO DREAM, SEE, DO! WE CAN:
- Serve more than 690 young people and their families in South King County
- Welcome a new cohort of at least 75 new sophomores set to graduate in spring 2026
- Continue mentoring and post-secondary planning for 85 juniors and seniors
- Offer safe, transformative summer experiences for an anticipated 130 sophomores and juniors
- Support 155 post-secondary students to persist on their college campuses, at apprenticeships, and through alternate pathways
- Build concrete skills and experience for at least 20 young people entering the workforce this year, joining a network of 354 local alumni and creating ripples of change for their families and communities
Dream, See, Do! 5k Fun Run & Community Celebration
Saturday | May 6 | 10:00 AM PST
Tukwila Community Center
Dream, See, Do! will culminate with our 5k fun run and community celebration on May 6, where participants will come together outdoors, receive their gear, physically prepare for summer experiences, and celebrate the end of another successful school year - congrats, Class of 2023!
All attendees will receive a special weather-proof Summer Search sticker as a token of our appreciation!
Do you want to raise money on behalf of Summer Search? Folks that are attending the event can sign up through the registration page. If you're not sure you'll be attending the event but still want to fundraise, sign up through this form. Fundraisers that sign up and secure the following to their pages will receive the limited-edition prizes listed below!
3 donations or $500: Explorer’s Bandana
5 donations or $1,000: Distressed Baseball Cap
10 donations or $2,500: Ceramic Mug
20 donations or $10,000: Dream, See, Do! Wood-Wicked Candle, made in partnership with Noir Lux Candle Company
Still have questions? Check out our FAQ linked here!
A map of the day's route can be found here.
ABOUT SUMMER SEARCH
Summer Search is a year-round program that empowers young people to confidently pursue their vision of success during and after high school through mentoring, summer experiential learning opportunities, individualized college & post-secondary advising, and career supports.
Summer Search Seattle partners with more than 630 youth and young adults from South King County - of more than 8,200 across the national network.
- 97% identify as people of color
- 93% are first gen
- 100% have strengths and potential, dreams for their future, and want to improve society