William Henley Program Manager, Lane County 541.500.7909 l  william@youthmoveoregon.com 965 Oak Alley, Eugene, OR 97401

William Henley
Program Manager, Lane County
541.500.7909 l  william@youthmoveoregon.com
965 Oak Alley, Eugene, OR 97401

William was born and spent half of his childhood in a small, poverty-stricken town in Mississippi with his parents and older sister. In 1995, while visiting family for the summer in Dallas, William's little brother was born four months premature. His brother's birth forced his family to pick up and move to the inner city of Dallas the following year. Thanks to sports, a close-knit group of friends, and his big supportive family, William was able to stay focused on school even when a few of his childhood friends decided to drop out and get involved with the gang lifestyle.

After graduating high school in 2006, William attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to play football. After a heart condition had prevented William from playing for the University of Arkansas, he transferred first to Louisiana-Monroe University and eventually found himself in West Texas unable to play college football at all. Feeling like he had no direction, William became depressed and started partying heavily. One summer William and his two roommates got jobs working at the Boys and Girls Club in a particularly tough neighborhood in West Texas. It was through the Boys and Girls club that William discovered his true purpose in life. Seeing the impact he could make on young lives made him want to continue being a positive force in the lives of youth. William went on to work with young people who faced challenges related to autism and physical and mental disabilities, youth who came from inner cities, and others who needed support.

In May of 2016, William moved to Oregon to be with his high school sweetheart Brittany. In July, he joined the Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon (YMO) team. In his free time, William enjoys watching sports, playing basketball, traveling with his friends and girlfriend, hiking and spending time with his dog RJ. William is grateful to be a part of such a caring and thoughtful organization that values the life experiences of their employees and loves that he can share what he's learned with those who are in need. In the future, he plans to run an organization of his own modeled after the values and morals of YMO.