Jon Guevara, former Beat the Streets Philadelphia student-athlete, University of Penn Grad, and BTS National Operations Manager was recently promoted to the Director of Operations for BTS National. “First, I’d like to express gratitude for this opportunity of a lifetime to continue building and expanding on a mission I truly believe works,” said Guevara, “As I grow professionally, I’m proud to continue doing my part in the building of this movement along the nationwide team of dedicated BTS staff, advocates, and supporters, many of which have been doing this much longer than I. I am truly privileged to be a part of this family and for this leadership opportunity, and I look forward to continue learning, and growing this mission ambitiously to benefit the youth we serve.”

Jon exemplifies the very essence and impact Beat the Streets can have on today’s youth; Moving Jon into a position of leadership within Beat the Streets where he can truly impact the very program that helped to develop his character, work ethic and confidence didn’t only seem like the perfect fit, but adds to the “full circle culture,” Beat the Streets National aims to promote across the organization. 

James Mangan, Beat the Streets Philadelphia Executive Director who works closely with Jon on several committees notes, “Seeing Jon continue to grow as a professional is both rewarding and inspiring. His passion for the mission is clear, which dates back to his time as a BTS Student-Athlete. He understands the real-life challenges BTS youth face daily, and can have a real material impact on being part of the solution. As Beat the Streets Nationals impact expands, leaders like Jon are needed at the forefront, shining a light and guiding the organization into the future.”

Jon’s first-hand experience with the organization’s sports-based youth development approach, education programs, and core values provides an intimate knowledge and understanding of the importance of not only sustaining but also expanding the organization’s reach. Jon plans to, “implement a bold strategic growth plan with the goal of creating transformative opportunities for thousands of young people.” In doing so he will aid in creating some of the same opportunities he was able to leverage while participating in BTS Philadelphia.

Jon grew up submersed in the Philadelphia culture, attending public school in an underserved community. Through BTS, Jon benefited tremendously from opportunities through the sport of wrestling and the organization’s off the mat enrichment program. As the first BTS Philly student-athlete to attend an Ivy League University, Jon can speak to the invaluable experiences the sport of wrestling has brought forth, as well as the endless possibilities offered through the Beat the Streets community and network. He notes, “Beat the Streets gave me the academic, and physical resources to do better in school and on the mat to get into the University of Pennsylvania. Now, it is time to return full circle to create new and better opportunities for the young people that follow me.”

Jon has worked as a Beat the Streets National employee for two years; his promotion is one that is well-deserved and truly fitting for this rising non-profit leader as Beat the Streets National Executive Director, Ben Reiter, notes, “Since Jon’s first day joining the Beat the Streets National staff team, he has moved the BTS mission forward with incredible passion, thoughtfulness, and perseverance. I feel honored to be working alongside Jon and very grateful that we have such an impactful rising leader helping shape the future of this organization!”