Penn & Drexel


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Universities: Penn & Drexel

Grades Served: 8-12

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Our program serves West Philadelphia High School students and teachers during the school day and after school. Coaches serve in math, science, and English classrooms, and also facilitate mentorship/tutoring sessions for the OST program.

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Our program serves students and teachers at School of the Future during the school day.  Coaches are placed in core subject classes, oftentimes alongside Promise Corps members.

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West Catholic is a private high school just two blocks away from our main site at WPHS. Coaches serve WC students primarily during afterschool sessions, which are often conducted jointly with WPHS students.

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Comegys is an elementary-middle school and Netter Center UACS-supported site. In 2020, our program began serving 8th grade students at Comegys with a high school application mentorship series. Our Coaches hope to continue working with Comegys and other schools to expand GEAR UP’s reach.

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Our Mission & Vision

GEAR UP aims to prepare local Philadelphia high school students for their post-secondary pathways by providing them with academic support and college-positive mentorship. GEAR UP commits a unique and individualized responsibility to its high school students, coaches, and the West Philadelphia community at-large.

We seek to:

  • Empower and guide students in West Philadelphia high schools
  • Strengthen relationships between UPenn/Drexel and local Philadelphia high schools 
  • Hone college students’ skills as tutors by providing professional development and training
  • Enhance the educational experiences of high school students through positive mentor relationships that build and maintain strong work ethic and purpose in students


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Coach Highlight

“My favorite part about being a Coach is hearing students get excited about their post-secondary plans, and dancing with them during the Afterschool program.”

Lionel Smoler-Schatz



Wednesday, Nov. 11

Veteran’s Day – NO PUBLIC SCHOOL

Friday, NOV. 13

Coach GBM #2


Mental Health & Wellness Workshop


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Program Hours: Mon – Fri, 3:30 – 5:30 pm EST