Summer Search


255 Market Street
San Jose, California
United States


Summer Search is a U.S.-based non-profit that works in national youth development. They work with low-income high school students and help them build the skills they need not only to survive, but to thrive. They make 5-year investments in these students, from high school through college, and provide mentoring, scholarships for summer programs aimed at personal growth and development, college and financial aid advising, and resources and networking to promote promising performance and personalized career exploration. As of 2012, 83% of their students were on track to get a college degree. Many of their students have gone on to high-ranking universities such as UC Berkeley, Columbia, Cornell, and Yale.

Mission Statement: The Summer Search 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.

Our Connection

Mission Grant. The Skees Family Foundation is a strong supporter of continued education initiatives. We chose to continuously support the Silicon Valley branch of Summer Search in order to help those in our own community obtain the skills necessary to help us help the world. Read why we thought the Summer Search model provided a life-changing chance to get students to believe in their own potential and pursue higher-education goals beyond their wildest dreams, and hear some of their many success stories.