Beat the Streets Philadelphia has some big news to announce.
Our Director of Strategic Partnerships, Ben Reiter, will be moving on to a new role as the Executive Director of Beat the Streets National. While we are sad to see Ben go, we are immensely proud of everything he has accomplished and we know he will continue to do incredible things at the National level.
“I just feel so grateful for my time with Beat the Streets Philly and I’m really excited about what the future holds for Beat the Streets organizations across the country.”
Beat the Streets National was founded in 2017 to organize and focus the efforts of the BTS organizations in different cities across the country. “There are currently eleven accredited chapter organizations and collectively we're serving 8,400 youth across the country,” Ben explained.
At Beat the Streets Philly, Ben was instrumental in growing our organization’s mentoring efforts and strengthening our ties with partners. And we know that he will continue these ambitious efforts at the national level.
“This next chapter for Beat the Streets National is about growing, getting new organizations off the ground, strengthening existing cities, and increasing girls participation,” Ben says. “It's a really exciting time to be doing this.”
James Mangan, the Executive Director of Beat the Street Philadelphia, couldn’t be more proud of Ben’s accomplishments. “Ben is the right person for this job at National. I've gotten to work alongside Ben, and over that time Ben has matured as a nonprofit professional as a leader in this space.”
“Ben did a tremendous job locally at Philadelphia, in developing systems around expanding and growing our mentoring center and our partnerships,” reiterated James.
According to James, Ben helped grow the mentoring center from the early days, “And it took participation from about 20 to 25 kids, to north of 150 in a matter of one season. So that's tremendous to me.”
While we will miss Ben here at BTS Philly, we know that he will always be a part of our family and he will never be far away from us. And he will work tirelessly towards our mission of altering life’s trajectory for thousands of student athletes across the country.
“I just feel so thankful, so grateful that I can go to sleep every night and I wake up every morning knowing that I'm going to work hard towards something that I full-heartedly believe in,” said Ben. “And I know that the effort I'm putting in is making a difference in this world. Like, how many people have had that?”