Office of Diversity and Community Outreach


  • Applications for the Summer Mentorship Program 2012 are available NOW! DEADLINE FOR COMPLETION: April 6, 2012 (current 10th and 11th grade students from all public and charter schools in Philadelphia are eligible). SMP 2012 begins on Monday, July 9th and ends Friday, August 3rd. The program runs Monday - Friday and begins promptly at 9:00 AM and concludes no later than 5:00 PM. Students interested in applying MUST be available for the full four (4) week program. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!
  • SMP Alum
  • Sayre Health Center

SMP Alum

Summer Mentorship Program Students on HUP Helicopter Pad in July 2009

front row: Bruchette Myrtil(Roxborough), Shanice Wellington (Girls), Crystal Crawford(Fels),Melanie Mercado(Masterman), Nadira Holliman(Girls), Jody Zhong(Central), Daiaynah Lassiter (Benjamin Franklin)

back row from left: Pascall Kendall(Freire Charter), Hamza Ibrahim(Bodine), Nancy Le(Academy at Palumbo), Xinxi Jiang (Central), Sophia Mayne-Deluca(Central), Forrest Sample(Greater Delaware Valley Charter)


Class of 2008 Participants - April Lockett, Asst. Coordinator, Eric Diana (George Washington HS), Russeah Anderson (Rhodes HS), Alex Nunez (Central HS), Kaday Kabba (Carver HSES), Aric Jenkins (Carver HSES),Darrell Carter (University City HS), Dr. Bernett Johnson (deceased), Joseph Mustapha (University City HS), Erica Maloney (Franklin Towne Charter HS), Gloria Rosado (Masterman HS), Asdy Wan (Masterman HS)

Ying Liang ( Academy at Palumbo HS)Ying Liang

Uduak Udoeyo (Northeast HS) Uduack Udoeyo


Overview of the Summer Mentorship Program

The Summer Mentorship Program in the Perelmam School of Medicine offers motivated students a glimpse into the lives of professionals in the medical field. Entry into the program is highly competive and is open to students currently enrolled in the10th or 11th grade at any Philadelphia Public or Charter High School.

The program initially sponsored by the Office of the Provost is now offered through the Office of the Vice Provost for Equity and Access and runs for four weeks beginning immediately following the 4th of July holiday.

All students are encouraged to apply. Students are selected on the basis of their ability to benefit from and contribute to the program. We seek students who are motivated committed and responsible. Special consideration may be given to those students who may be the first in their family to attend college, have overcome tremendous challenges in their personal lives but continues to succeed, or are from single parent households.

The goal is to show students that college is a possibility, especially those students who have never had exposure to a college campus. In addition to our website, applications are available from school counselors and teachers at the home school. Click on the link above for additional information.

Sayre Health Center

Dr. Bernett Johnson, Sr. Associate Dean for Diversity and Coommunity Outreach and HUP Senior Medical Director saw his vision come to fruition before his passing. The Sayre Health Center officially opened its doors on September 7, 2007 with a festive Grand Opening Celebration. On March 30, 2010, the Center was renamed Dr. Bernett L. Johnson, Jr. Sayre Health Center in honor of its founder and most staunch supporter. The Center's educational component makes it the first of its kind nationally.

If you're interested in finding out more, the link below. The article reports on the culmination of the combined efforts of many, to offer a much needed resource that serves students, parents, and all other members of the West Philadelphia community.

The Health Center is housed in Sayre High School at 58th & Walnut Street and has its own separate entrance. To schedule an appointment call today at 215-474-4444.

The Sayre High School Initiative

Sayre High School is located in the heart of West Philadelphia. The University of Pennsylvania has forged a relationship with the administration, staff, and students. Many programs are sponsored in part by the university.

Presently, in collaboration with various entities including the Perelman School of Medicine, the opening of an on-site, federally qualified, state of the art Dr. Bernett L. Johnson, Jr. Sayre Health Center is now open for business.

Medical students and residents, flanked by attending physicians, will continue in our community outreach efforts by seeing patients in-house. The Clinic is open to students, their families, and community members, and will be another bridge that links UPENN’s School of Medicine and the West Philadelphia neighborhood.

The ground breaking ceremony was held at the end of March and our Grand Opening Celebration was held in September. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to do so. To read more about the Center's Programs please click on the link.

The University of Pennsylvania Almanac-article (February 2007)

Health Quest Live

University of Pennsylvania Health System Hour

Our participation in this series was completed in June of 2007. However, read below for a brief synopsis and click on the link below for a list of topics that were presented.

This component consists of a series one (1) hour interviews featuring medical professionals and experts from the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Experts, provided by UPHS, are interviewed and interact with HealthQuest Live Host Sara Lomax Reese.

Topics include a broad range of health and wellness subjects with relevance to the general population, with special emphasis placed on their impact to African-Americans and other diverse populations. Questions and general interview format and subject matter are included in the broadcast through call-ins.

The UPHS portion of HealthQuest Live airs on Monday's from 11 AM - 12 noon each month September 2006 through June 2007. Monthly vignette topics will be consistent with the guest and topic selected for the interview and will air 3-4 weeks prior.You may listen to the broadcast live at

For a complete menu of dates, time, presenters, and topics, please click on the link below...

Questions about Health? (pdf)