Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Graduate Student Association President Willie Williams, says he aims to transform young men all over the country through mentorship and has been recognized as a 2016 Newman Civic Fellow. The distinguished fellowship honors inspiring college student leaders who develop solutions to the challenges facing communities. Williams was nominated by President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., who found William's work in Leon County beyond inspiring.
"The work that Willie has contributed has already made an enormous impact in our community and is truly indicative of the high caliber of students we have at FAMU. I am excited about the great things on the horizon that he will surely accomplish in the future," Mangum said.
Williams has been a shining light for young men across the Big Bend area and currently serves as national director of program operations for Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America, Inc., or DYG. He said he hopes to make a difference in as many lives as possible.
"If I can go all over the world from Jacksonville to Jamaica and see the same group of people are having issues, that's a problem. How can people sleep with a problem like this?" Williams asked. "We have to do something to impact these kids," he said.