Summer Mentorship Program


Meet the Summer Mentorship Program Team

Don R. Harrison Jr.

Mr. Harrison began his work with SMP in 2008. SMP began in 2006 as a summer college preparatory program for Philadelphia 10th and 11th grade public and charter school students. The students were paired with participating Penn professional schools. Currently five of Penn’s schools—PSOM, Nursing, Engineering, Law and Dental—engage these students in specially created curricula and activities that give them opportunities to explore possible career choices. Each year 60-70 students share in these experiences. In addition to the curriculum in the school to which they are assigned, the students are offered test prep, financial literacy, life skills, college application process assistance/information and other services that help them to hone their skills and strengthen their self-confidence. Mr. Harrison is a native Philadelphian and a graduate of Central High School and Penn State University.