Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Everyday Champion: Luis Morales

This story is a part of our Everyday Champions series. Helping youth succeed takes commitment and action from our whole community. Everyday Champions are people who are committed and who act in small and big ways to support youth in central Indiana. Do you know someone who you think would make a great Champion for Youth? Click here to get started.

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Louis Morales is dedicated to helping students succeed in school and beyond. "I am really pushing students to pursue education and become successful citizens," says this teacher and our featured Everyday Champion.

Louis' impact on youth extends outside of the classroom. As head varsity coach for the Northwest High School soccer team, Louis organized the first soccer league in IPS. He has been a mentor to many minority and at-risk students. He is married and the proud father of two children.

What is your profession or vocation?
I am a teacher and head coach for soccer at Northwest High School.

How are you an Everyday Champion for Youth?

I have the opportunity to guide our youth through education. It also allows me to help with everyday decisions and daily problems.

What impact do you hope to make on youth?
I hope to help our youth realize their dreams through education. I want to empower them to work hard and dream for "the bigger picture" in their lives.

What's the one thing that you wish an adult had told you when you were a young person?
I have been fortunate to have loving parents and mentors in my life. I feel that my life experiences have molded me to become who I am. I can only think that patience is a quality that is important in making decisions.

What do you want to do next to support youth?
I would like to create more opportunities to help our Latino youth further their education. I also hope to work hard to become a model for our youth through sport and education.

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