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Beatrice Serrano

Beyond School Walls Coordinator (she/her/ella)

I was born in Portland and raised between the Willamette Valley and Mexico. In Mexico, I lived in Michoacan and Guerrero attending early elementary school. My mother eventually settled us in the U.S in the town of Woodburn for eight years before moving to the outskirts of Salem. I graduated from McNary High School, Chemeketa Community College, and finally Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resources. After college, I held internships and seasonal jobs with the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.

After working with these federal agencies, I worked as a program coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, and Salem Keizer Education Foundation. Now, I gladly serve the Portland Metro area with BBBS. I’ve had a lot of fun working with youth over the past 5-6 years and I appreciate my roles as they allowed me to be a “mentor” myself. It’s always great to hear that kids want to grow up and be ‘just like you’ or ‘want your job’ encouraging them to reach their potential.