Boston names Morales Youth & Families commissioner

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BOSTON – Mayor Marty Walsh named William Morales, a local YMCA leader, as commissioner of the Boston Centers for Youth & Families, an agency that provides resources and services to the city’s youth and senior populations.

“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,” Walsh said in a statement Tuesday about the appointment. The mayor cited the Roxbury native’s commitment to the community, his strong leadership and his compassion for Bostonians young and old.

In his new role, Morales – currently the executive director of the Boston YMCA’s Achievers Branch – will serve in Walsh’s Health and Human Services Cabinet and will oversee key functions and programs of the youth and families agency. Those activities include after-school programs, elderly and family-centered offerings, recreational activities, youth violence prevention and intervention efforts that connect at-risk young people to services and jobs.

The agency Morales will take over in early March is in every city neighborhood and strives to deliver high-quality programs that the community needs.

“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,” Morales said in the statement.