Summer Springboard was founded to give college-bound teens a supportive environment where they can explore their personal and academic passions. Our innovative pre-college summer programs, offered at some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities, combines the benefits of an academically challenging summer experience with tools and frameworks for personal leadership development and self-discovery.

Leveraging the years of success enjoyed by our sister organizations, Global Leadership Adventures and Discover Corps. Summer Springboard aims to continue the tradition of providing unique and compelling summer experiences for college-bound teens as they look to grow, expand and impact their communities.

The Summer Springboard leadership team brings together diverse backgrounds spanning several decades. Our goal is to use our decades of experience in areas such as service learning, education, international travel, media, and program operations to create the most impactful domestic summer enrichment programs for college-bound teens.

We are proudly based in San Diego, CA.

Leadership Team

Shayna Smith

Managing Director & Co-Founder, Summer Springboard

Shayna leads the strategy, operations, and marketing for Summer Springboard. She brings years of executive management experience working for leading companies such as The Walt Disney Studios, CBS and Monitor Group. Her passion for learning and education brought her to join the founding team of Summer Springboard, in hopes of helping young people make fulfilling and impactful life choices. Shayna has degrees from MIT and Harvard Business School.

Andrew Motiwalla

Co-Founder, Summer Springboard

Andrew is the founder of Terra Education, the organization that operates Summer Springboard and other experiential learning programs. His path to creating the organization involved many twists and turns. While at Lawrence University, he changed majors five times, and during his professional life he experimented with careers as a graphic designer, non-profit executive, and tech entrepreneur before finding his true calling running experiential education programs. These series of career and academic detours inspired Andrew to create an organization that helps young people discover their passion early in life.

Judy Calkins

Controller, Summer Springboard

A California native, Judy is the Financial Controller, earning her degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA. She has held several finance, leadership, and IT positions during that time. She has traveled internationally to Costa Rica, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico and Peru. She has volunteered in Peru, with Big Sisters and in youth sports. She loves reading, hiking, snow skiing and trying new adventures, and is proud to help broaden high school students' understanding of other cultures with GLA.

Vinny Zanrosso

Admissions Advisor, Summer Springboard

Vinny is an Admissions Advisor at Summer Springboard. He graduated with a degree in finance from Arizona State University. Previously, Vinny worked as an enrollment advisor with Global Leadership Adventures. His experience with educational programs for teens, a passion for personal development and a desire to help young people succeed led him to joining the Summer Springboard team. He is proud to inspire the next generation of college-bound teens who want to change the world.

Program Staff

Our program staff are passionate about our student’s success; in college and beyond. They’ve been selected for their experience, deep passion for teaching, industry expertise, and student commitment. Many of our staff have intimate knowledge of our campus locations, adding to our ability to host students safely. All staff are certified in CPR and First Aid, and also trained in our 5-Point Safety System to ensure that issues are addressed efficiently and safely.

Campus Director

Every campus is run by a Campus Director. These are adult professionals with extensive experience working with teens, and they all hold a B.A. or M.A. degree.

Directors are selected for their expertise in the field of personal development and undergo background checks and rigorous training before the summer. The Campus Director oversees the team of Resident Advisors and also facilitates the delivery of the Springboard Leadership Personal Framework.

Resident Advisors

Our Resident Advisors are the heart and soul of our program; they bring energy and inspiration to every student experience. They are selected for their experience working with youth, understanding of leadership theory, and dynamic personalities. All RAs undergo background checks and training on the unique needs of teenagers. RAs live in single rooms on the same floor with students.


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