(Wilmington, DE. – March 31, 2023) — Dr. Suchi Hiraesave has been named by the News Journal as one of the 17 most influential people in healthcare in Delaware. After becoming the first social worker at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, Suchi Hiraesave has continued to advocate for mental health services for youth in her executive role. This year, Hiraesave petitioned U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester's office for funding to support more mental health professionals and training for staff at Boys & Girls Clubs across the state. Hiraesave's heart for young people in Delaware is especially needed as many kids face mental health challenges since the pandemic.
Suchi started her career at the Boys & Girls Club in the early 90’s and as her talents became evident, she has progressed through the organization, starting as a social worker, then Executive Director of the Greater Dover Area Clubs. She then moved into a role as Sr. Executive Director of Grants Development and this year was promoted to Vice President of Grants Development. Suchi had the creative foresight to develop the Youth Support Services program which now boasts three master’s level social workers, each one supporting Clubs in their respective counties. This program focuses on Social and Emotional Learning and ensuring that all staff are equipped with the skills in this area. In her current senior leadership role, Dr. Hiraesave oversees a team of professionals responsible for grants, the statewide USDA nutrition program and the behavioral health program.
“We are not surprised at all by this award and recognition of Dr. Hiraesave and we understand how fortunate we are to have had her as part of our team for over 30 years. She is and always has been an advocate for healthy kids and families in Delaware” says John Wellons, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware
Since 1931 Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware (bgclubs.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 40 Clubs serve 30,000 children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. Located throughout the state, the Clubs also serve military families at the Boys & Girls Club-affiliated Youth Center at the Dover Air Force Base. Clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Boys & Girls Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. To learn more visit bgclubs.org. Follow us bgclubs.org/facebook, bgclubs.org/instagram, bgclubs.org/twitter