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Christ Church

615-315-9622
15354 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, TN 37211
Today's 5 a.m.-9 p.m.
Directions | More Hours

Manuel Robles leaves an impacting legacy for YLA students

June 19, 2019

For the past two years, YMCA Latino Achievers Program Director, Manuel Robles has showed Latinx Students the power of an education. Whether it was organizing college tours, creating after school programs, or fundraising scholarship dollars, Manuel led with a servant’s heart and worked diligently to expand YLA across the Middle Tennessee region.

While returning to the University of Pittsburgh to complete his PhD, Manuel continues to teach students the benefits of being a lifelong learner.

“I have learned a tremendous amount during my time with YLA,” he said. “I have gained more knowledge about the multitude of challenges that so many Latinx students encounter during their time in high school, especially DACA and undocumented students, who are less likely to attend college because of systemic discrimination.”

His work did not go unnoticed. Under his supervision, YLA awarded 29 scholarships totaling $45,000 in 2019, alone.

The annual scholarship award is an extension of YLA’s mission to empower young people of color while providing resources and support to gain access to a post-secondary education.

Since 2008, YLA has awarded 487 scholarships totaling $500,000 to students, the majority of which have been first generation college students.

Taking his charge to advocate and expose students a step further, Manuel agreed to serve as a virtual mentor for several YLA scholarship recipients for the next year following his transition – a treat the college students are excited about.

When asked what he will miss the most about YLA, Manuel expressed the following:

“I will miss working with an incredible group of people who work tirelessly to offer support to the future leaders of this city. I will miss working with students, who are not only emblematic of drive and determination but also of strength and courage. And more importantly, I will miss working in a mission-driven environment that promotes inclusivity and diversity.” 

Undoubtedly, we will miss you too Manuel. Congratulations on your next steps!

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