For these reasons Harrison, who is currently completing his degree in business at UNC, has partnered with The Boys and Girls Club of Oakland and Ames, Iowa to initiate programs that encourage youth to stay engaged at school and beyond. His Reading Academy in Ames, aims to increase childhood literacy, while his program in Oakland encourages under served youth to improve their academic performance. Since 2014, he has served as a Board Member for The Boys and Girls Club of Oakland. “It means so much to me to have a major part in this amazing organization. Growing up in Ames and in a single-parent home, I was at the Boys and Girls Club every day after school, doing homework, playing ball and making friends. It was huge for me,” Harrison said.
Harrison has also partnered with the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford in various events to bring awareness and support to extremely important services they offer families of children stricken by life-threatening disease. “I have been privileged to have the opportunity to really connect and get to know some of these young people. They may think I’m there to show or teach them something, but working with them has actually taught me a lot about the resilience of these under served communities,” Harrison said.