For Penn Students

New Van Schedule for fall 2019 forthcoming.

For students new to the Netter Center, check out the many ways to get involved!

For students currently enrolled in ABCS courses or other Netter Center programs:


    In compliance with Pennsylvania law, University policy, and the requirements of our funders, the Netter Center provides background checks for all student volunteers engaged in or assigned to programs at partnering schools under the School District of Philadelphia. The three mandatory background checks are: the FBI fingerprinting certificate, the Pennsylvania Child Abuse Check certificate, and the Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check certificate. 

    The Netter Center hosts office hours for all student volunteers and student workers for six weeks each semester. Office hours, deadlines, and details about the process, are provided in the guide distributed electronically to faculty members, program directors, and student leaders (see below).The Netter Center has partnered with a team from Human Resources to offer office hours.​​

    Fall 2019 Office Hours for Clearances:

    • Office Hours begin Thursday September 5, 2019 (at Human Resources).

    • Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30 am-11:30 am and 12:35 pm-4:00 pm at the Netter Center; St. Leonard’s Court 3819 Chestnut Street Suite 120.

      • Tuesday September 17th: Netter Center Office Hours are cancelled.

    • Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:30 am – 2:30 pm at the Human Resources Office; Franklin Building 3451 Walnut Street 6th floor. You must bring your laptop to these sessions; this is mandatory. You must present ID when you enter the building. Go to the sixth floor, and inform the front desk that you are meeting with Brandon Harris/Jessica Lesovitz. Please wait to be escorted.

    • The last day of office hours will be Tuesday October 8, 2019 at the Netter Center and Thursday October 10, 2019 at Human Resources.

    • If you have had your clearances/background checks processed by another agency, please contact the agency and request copies of each certificate, then email those copies to Yetunde Pinckney (
    • If you have had clearances processed by the Netter Center during a previous semester, please email Yetunde to confirm that all three are on file and are still valid (
    • Background checks for Penn student volunteers remain valid with the Netter Center until graduation.  



    Vans to University-Assisted Community Schools 

    • Van service is anticipated to begin the week of September 23. New Van Schedule forthcoming.
    • Please submit van requests to

    DSM Cards 

    • The Netter Center provides SEPTA DSM cards for student volunteers involved in its programs, to assist in transportation to community partnership sites. Staff supervisors maintain the list of eligible students. These students may pick up their cards from the Netter Center reception desk Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
    • Recommended SEPTA routes
      • Comegys School: Trolley Lines 11, 13, or 36
      • Hamilton School: 21 or 42 bus
      • Lea School: 21 or 42 bus
      • Mitchell School: Trolley Line 13
      • Robeson High School: 21 or 40 bus or walking
      • Sayre High School: 21 or 42 bus
      • West Philadelphia High School: 21 bus or Market Street Line