William Morales, who is the executive director of the Egleston Square YMCA, has been appointed as commissioner of the Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF), which provides vital resources to Boston’s youth and senior populations, according to a press release.
The BCYF commissioner works within Mayor Martin Walsh’s Health and Human Services Cabinet and oversees various out-of-school-time programs, elderly and family-centered programs, recreational activities, and youth violence prevention and intervention efforts, according to the press release.
“As a native of Boston who personally saw and felt remarkable change in my community thanks to youth-driven programs and institutions, I am honored to have been named as commissioner of BCYF,” said Morales, according to the press release. “The youth and families of Boston are incredibly important, and I will do my best to serve their needs and interests in any way I can.”
Morales has previously helped secure resources for the Roxbury YMCA Seniors on the Move program and worked as the senior director at Wheelock College, where he founded the Office of Community Partnerships & Programs.
“William has worked tirelessly for over 20 years to make sure Boston’s children and teenagers are getting the care, attention, and services they need every day,” said Mayor Martin Walsh, according to the press release. “His commitment to his community is astounding, and his strong leadership and compassion for all residents, from our youth to our elders, will continue to benefit the City of Boston.”
Morales holds a B.S. in criminal justice from Springfield College and is currently working towards attaining his M.B.A. in management from Cambridge College. Morales is expected to begin his new position on March 7.