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Salma Muro joins BELL as Executive Director of the Tri-State Region

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NEW YORK CITY - September 9, 2013 - BELL welcomes Salma Muro as its new Executive Director for the Tri-State Region. Salma is responsible for all aspects of BELL's local operations, including school partnerships, strategic planning, and fundraising in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Salma brings leadership and youth development experience to her new role at BELL. Most recently, she served as the CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark, NJ. There, she oversaw all aspects of a 70-year old organization that serves over 7,000 kids annually through clubs, school sites, and outreach programs. Through her leadership, the Boys & Girls Club of Newark completed a successful capital campaign that resulted in a $1.7 million overhaul of the organization's central Clubhouse. The organization hosted community projects involving 900 volunteers, tripled daily attendance through school sites and partnerships, and created the first Boys & Girls Club Bike Exchange, a social venture project that sought to provide high quality bikes for as little as $5. Now, that project is run entirely by volunteers, using donated space and bikes, and generates $2,000 a week at no cost to BGCN.

Prior to leading the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark, Salma was the National Director of Program Operations for Boys Town USA, where she worked with a national team providing oversight to 14 states serving 40,000 children and families. Salma is a graduate of New York University and has a Master's in Social Work from Columbia University.

The Tri-State region is one of BELL's largest and most long-standing regional operation, and it includes key partnerships with NYC Summer Quest, the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, and several schools in Newark. Salma joined BELL just as the organization completed successful summer learning programs for 2,197 scholars at 15 schools. Now, she is working to deliver after school learning experiences for 1,400 scholars, roll out new Common Core-aligned curriculum and assessment resources, and launch BELL's New York Leadership Council.

Salma shared some thoughts as she began her new role at BELL:

What stands out about BELL that inspired you to join the organization?

BELL delivers programs that deliver a measurable impact in the communities where they are needed most. I met BELL through their work in Newark, where the organization is regarded as a Best in Class program serving some of the most economically disadvantaged young people in the city.

What are your hopes and dreams for BELL scholars?

I hope that every scholar has the opportunity to fulfill his/her greatest potential. And I hope that one day, all of our children in the United States, regardless of their background, have the chance to succeed.

What is the greatest challenge and opportunity facing BELL in New York?

One of our greatest challenges is the steady reduction in government funding for education and expanded learning programs supporting social and human services like BELL's summer and after school programs. Our evidence-based programs and measureable impact give us an opportunity to engage local philanthropists and corporations who are committed to helping close the achievement gap, and to pair their support with public funding to grow and sustain our impact.

What are your hopes and dreams for BELL?

I would like to see BELL continue to grow the depth and breadth of our impact, as well as continuing to reach more scholars across New York and New Jersey. I hope to share the story of what we do so that people in the local education community know about the tremendous impact that BELL has.

About BELL
BELL helps schools expand learning time for students in grades K-8. Its mission as a nonprofit organization is to transform the academic achievements, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children living in under-resourced, urban communities. To BELL, all children are scholars. BELL serves 12,000 scholars and employs and trains more than 2,000 teachers, teaching assistants, and program leaders in CA, MD, MA, NJ, NY, and NC. For more information, visit www.experienceBELL.organd follow us on Facebookand Twitter.

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