Dennis Morales, MA
Director of Programs
“A different world cannot be built by indifferent people” -Peter Marshall
Dennis was raised in Queens, NY by a single mother who worked tirelessly to meet the needs of her three children. As an independent and educated woman of color, she promoted a culture of self-empowerment by means of an education. Seeing his mother work non-stop to provide for her children instilled a strong work ethic in Dennis at a very young age. He quickly learned that an education was the key to financial freedom and empowerment. At a very young age he also understood that an education did not automatically erase other obstacles to success in life.
In 2001, Mr. Morales graduated from John Adams High School in Queens, NY. He went on to attend college and completed his Associates degree in Liberal Arts from Laguardia Community College in 2004. While attending Laguardia Community College he was a member of the Black Student Union. He then went on to attend York College in 2005 where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. It was at York College where he completed a course in Political Science, which ultimately changed the trajectory of his life. Dennis grew more and more passionate about the socioeconomic factors that impacted communities of color, and how these factors had a direct impact on the disproportionate incarceration rates in these same communities. He began to see the world from a different lens as he completed various courses. In 2010, Mr. Morales graduated from Queens College with a Master’s degree in Urban Studies. He was awarded the Herbert Beinstock Award for Academic Excellence. His course work at Queens College further fueled his desire to make positive changes to his community.
In 2012, Dennis began working in a juvenile justice program in the Bronx, NY whose specific goal was to reduce the recidivism rate among young people with criminal backgrounds between the ages of 14-18. While facilitating group sessions he was able identify some of the barriers in communities of color, which played a direct role in syphoning young people into prisons and other correctional facilities. For over six years he advocated for more resources for our future leaders. He is a member of an Anti-Racism Steering Committee, and remains dedicated to addressing the core issues that continue to plague communities all over the country like gun violence and social injustice.
Mr. Morales continues to be passionate about uplifting our future leaders and making our communities stronger through social service initiatives. In March of 2018 he became the Director of Programs for S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth Inc. His focus remains on advocating for young people who have been marginalized and whose voices are not being heard.
S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Inc.
A 501(C)(3) Not-for-profit
Phone: (516) 483-1350
Fax: (516) 762-8534
Address: 599 Jerusalem Avenue
Uniondale, NY 11553