Y Achievers, YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City
Guillermo “Willy” Morales has been a steadfast part of the Y Achievers program at YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City for many years, first starting as a mentee nine years ago and later giving back to the program as a mentor himself.
Morales became the first person in his family to graduate from college and followed his passion for airplanes to become an aerospace engineer. While going through engineering applications, a Boeing employee and current Y Achievers volunteer saw Y Achievers listed on Morales resume and flagged it to interview him. He has been an integral part of the Boeing team ever since.
As a Y Achievers mentor, Morales volunteers monthly with a group of high school freshman to help them think about and prepare for higher education. He has created unique mentoring opportunities at his alma mater, Santa Fe South Charter High School, as well as providing other special opportunities for young people in south Oklahoma City who are interested in engineering. At Boeing, he serves on a committee that helps further the education and future for underserved and underrepresented youth.
“Willy Morales is an outstanding citizen in our community who wants to share his experiences with others and has a desire to assist people in need,” said Shannon Presti, director of Teen Leadership Initiatives for YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. “He is incredibly selfless with his time and has a special way of connecting with youth to inspire them to greater heights. We are grateful to have him as a part of our mentoring team.”
About the Program: Y Achievers, a program of the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, is a college readiness and career exploration program designed to help underserved, first-generation college bound and minority teens to achieve higher education.