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Forever Changed
Forever Changed

Forever Changed

How Summer Programs and Insight Mentoring Challenge Adolescents and Transform Lives
By Linda Mornell

SOCIAL SCIENCE

240 Pages, 5.5 x 8.25

Formats: Cloth, Mobipocket, PDF, EPUB

Cloth, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $27.95)

ISBN 9781629370224

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Mar 2015)

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Overview

In 1990, with no experience in the nonprofit sector, psychiatric nurse Linda Mornell started Summer Search, a program commited to creating one of the few opportunities in the country where adolescents from all economic backgrounds are given the chance to work and live together for an extended period of weeks or months in summer experiential education programs. Most programs like this are expensive and not available to low-income youth. Seeing an opportunity to change that, Mornell began Summer Search in San Francisco with 14 students and a budget of $30,000. Her passion and desire to change the path for these 14 students has blossomed into an even larger impact today—to give the life-changing experience to more than 2,200 students in the Bay Area, Boston, New York City, Seattle, and Philadelphia annually. Forever Changed documents the importance of adolescents from all economic groups being able to attend the same summer programs that adolescents from more privileged backgrounds have found so beneficial. It includes compelling stories of Summer Search students who each faced specific challenges, such as learning disabilities and behavioral problems. In the book, Mornell persuasively argues how summer experiential education programs can aid in the growing need for adolescents to find their own voice and embark on a path of success.

Author Biography

Linda Mornell is a psychiatric nurse and the founder of Summer Search. She is a recipient of the Bay Area Jefferson Award and the Unsung Hero of Compassion Award, given by the Dalai Lama. She lives in Bolinas, California.

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Forever Changed: How Summer Programs and Insight Mentoring Challenge Adolescents and Transform Lives

 

By Linda Mornell

 

Contact: Olivia Aguilar -Triumph Books - 312.676.4238 - o.aguilar@triumphbooks.com

 

It all started in 1990 when Linda Mornell was picking up her children from their private high school in San Francisco. She noticed an African American student who she knew was there on a scholarship standing alone as he watched his classmates walk by. Her own children also had a difficult time adjusting to their new school, so she enrolled them in challenging summer wilderness trips. Seeing that lonely young man was a defining moment in Linda’s life that became a game changer for thousands of adolescents, as that was the moment Summer Search was born.

 

Forever Changed: How Summer Programs and Insight Mentoring Challenge Adolescents and Transform Lives (Triumph Books, March 2015), tells the story of how Linda started Summer Search by sending 14 low-income students to summer wilderness expeditions across the country with a budget of only $30,000.  Today Summer Search is a nationally recognized youth development nonprofit that serves over five thousand students annually with an operating budget of $20 million. Highlights include:

 

  • Firsthand accounts from students about the challenging summer experiential education programs and insight mentoring that transformed their lives
  • How Linda founded an organization that has expanded to serve students from 7 major cities nationwide
  • The unique interview process and how selected candidates are specially mentored
  • How summer programs can help all young people find out who they are and their purpose in life

 

An inspiring story of how thousands of young people changed the direction of their lives, Forever Changed: How Summer Programs and Insight Mentoring Challenge Adolescents and Transform Lives is a poignant reminder that we all should have the chance to reach our full potential and become the person we want to be.

 

About the Author:


Linda Mornell is a psychiatric nurse and the founder of Summer Search. She is a recipient of the Bay Area Jefferson Award and the Unsung Hero of Compassion Award, given by the Dalai Lama. She lives in Bolinas, California.

 

 

 

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