Willie Williams

Florida A&M University

Willie Williams is a servant leader who has been fully committed to addressing social and economic disparities for diverse populations throughout the Tallahassee community. He has worked deeply in servicing his community while staying committed to his studies and maintaining a grade point average of 3.9 entering the third year of his doctoral program. Mr. Williams devotes time to counseling youth and helping others overcome life's obstacles. One of his most noted accomplishments is volunteering nearly 20 to 30 hours a week as a National Executive Director with Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America, Inc., (DYG) a non-profit mentoring organization that services minority high school youth throughout Leon, Jefferson, and Gadsden Counties in Florida. He served a key role in structuring and implementing the curriculum and program development facets of this programming, with measurable components such as academic support, mentoring, development workshops, and community service, as well as written grants supporting DYG health and wellness projects and academic support programs.

Dr. Elmira Mangum
President
Florida A&M University

Personal Statement

For the past several years I have been a servant leader fully committed to eradicating social and economic injustice for diverse populations in marginalized rural and urban communities in Tallahassee. While working the front-lines of child welfare, I dedicated time behind the scenes volunteering numerous hours traveling to multiple dependency youth camps to assist with developing leadership and self-esteem among foster-care youth through mentoring. My desire to impact more youth made it imperative for me to go back to school and learn how to integrate research with my practitioner background so that I may serve in a greater capacity. While matriculating through graduate school I have volunteered nearly 30-40 hours a week as a National Executive Director with Distinguish Young Gentlemen of America, Inc., (DYG) an organization that services minority high school youth throughout three Florida counties. The knowledge I gained in graduate school assisted me in structuring and implementing the curriculum and program development components of the program with measurable outcomes such as academic support, mentoring, development workshops and community services which produced nearly $83,824 in grants to support DYG. This organization has helped young minority males graduating as seniors earn more than $1.7 million in college scholarships.

Willie Williams
Public Health/Behavioral Science and Health Education: Class of 2018
written 2016

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