A 2009 graduate from the University of Pennsylvania and member of the wrestling team, Ben Reiter is back in Philadelphia to serve as the new director of mentoring at Beat the Streets Philadelphia. As a Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer while attending Penn, Ben is no stranger to mentoring and community service.
Following graduation, Ben moved to Arequipa, Peru leading projects for Global Vision International. While living in South America Ben co-founded the non-profit organization Put Them First and also served as executive director of Luchas Nobles. Through these organizations, Ben establish a community center and library on the outskirts of Arequipa, held annual health and relief campaigns for villages in the Andes mountains, hosted annual back to school campaigns, and worked with the national children’s hospital to promote and send frequent volunteers to donate blood platelets for children suffering from leukemia.
Ben met his wife and started a family during his time in Peru. A father of two young children, he is looking forward to returning to the United States to raise his family in the community he grew to love while attending Penn.