OUR MISSION

Bench Mark Program is a strength-based family of mentors who use exercise, academic support, and career counseling to propel at-risk youth toward successful futures.

OUR VISION

To create gym spaces that are authentic to every neighborhood, where community is built by one generation uplifting the next.

 

OUR STORY

When Will Kiefer was a senior at Franklin and Marshall College, he volunteered as a mentor and personal trainer for a small group of Lancaster City’s at-risk teens. Their small workout group grew organically as the value of conversation in the gym setting became apparent. Will learned about the cycle that kept kids in detention centers and courtrooms and the challenges that they couldn’t seem to overcome.

Following graduation, Will dedicated himself to advancing the lives of those young people who formed the first Bench Mark Program gym family. His commitment was to surround each teen with support and guidance so that they could lift themselves above their negative circumstances.

Bench Mark Program was born out of necessity. At-risk teens don’t often respond to traditional therapy or sit-down office meetings. Put simply, they don’t want to talk about their feelings, choices, or circumstances with people they can’t trust. Bench Mark Program provides a more effective outlet for them -- one where they can just be themselves while receiving unconditional and long-term support.

MENTORS

Will Kiefer, NSCA-CPT

Founder/Executive Director

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Darren Landis

SBSB Program Director

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Chris Orantes

Open Gym Program Director

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Kendra Smith

Mentor

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Cory Robinson

Head Mentor

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Becky Swiatek

Mentor/Yoga Instructor

Kevin Stauffer

Mentor

    Strategic Advisors

            Dylan Gordon

Ryan Duffy                   

                         

              

  Board of Directors

Jameel Thrash, Board Chair Mitch Hanna, Board Member

Chris Hartman, Board Treasurer Lori Steigerwald, Board Member

Joshua Druce, Board Secretary Brian Korman, Board Member

Paige Morabito, Development Committee Chair Tyler Lowry, Board Member

Jeff Williams, Founding Board Member Gregory Rutter, Board Member

Josh Griffith, Board Member