Jon, a former Beat the Streets student-athlete, exemplifies the very essence and impact Beat the Streets can have on today’s youth. His firsthand experience with the organization’s sports-based youth development approach, educational programs, and core values provide an intimate knowledge and understanding of the importance in not only sustaining, but also expanding the mission and reach of Beat the Streets. A former wrestler for the University of Pennsylvania, Jon graduated with a BA in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, before Jon joined the research team at Research for Action (RFA) as an applied social science researcher and evaluator in the education sector. Prior to joining the Beat the Streets National staff in 2022, Jon spent two years at RFA, and had a brief stint at Philadelphia Youth Basketball in 2021. Jon is proud to have also worked as a dishwasher, painter, landscaper, and warehouse worker in Philadelphia and believes that all of these experiences have enabled him to continue pursuing his career goals.
“Having been trained as a social scientist and applied researcher, I always look forward to learning about innovative ideas and ever-evolving trends in the youth development field concerning nonprofit programming and fundraising strategies, partnership models, and effective leadership. Beyond being a youth development approach utilized to serve underserved communities, Sports-based human development efforts will continue to produce interdisciplinary knowledge that explains and can help humans, including the happiest among us, become even happier.”