Ernestine White serves as the National Youth Employment Program Coordinator in the Youth Programs Division within the directorate of Workforce and Inclusion in Washington, D.C. In her role she assists in coordinating over 10 million dollars’ worth of nationally funded, diversity focused, youth and young adults’ employment and developmental programs that engage over 7,000 youth and young adults annually working in collaboration with nonprofit organizations, Federal, State, Local, and Tribal stakeholders; and manages special youth and veteran focused initiatives.
Prior to joining the Youth Programs Division in 2018, Ernestine served within the Directorate of Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers as the National Volunteer and Youth Program Coordinator located in Washington, DC. She worked in collaboration with 14 regional and national program managers to oversee more than 300,000 volunteers who donated over 8 million hours of service in FY2016. Ernestine developed and lead one of the largest youth-development programs in the National Park Service, the Community Volunteer Ambassador Program, formerly known as the Centennial Volunteer Ambassador Program. In her role she provided innovation, planning, implementation, policy development where she led the now executed Director Order-7 Volunteers-In-Parks, and accountability management for the national volunteer and youth programs, working with other program areas/divisions and NPS partners. She led the effort in developing the national partnership with the Boy & Girls Clubs of America and assisted in the development and manages the national partnership with YMCA of the USA to engage kids and teens on public lands.
During Ernestine's NPS career she has worked in division of Maintenance, Natural Resources, Administration and Interpretation and Education, serving at Independence National Historical Park and Valley Forge National Historical Parks. She also served as the Acting Regional Volunteer and Youth Coordinator for the Northeast Region – Region-1 where she develops the first of its kind in the northeast region Energy Conservation Corps Program promoting a sustainable building initiative along with energy audits, for all covered facilities.
Ernestine has been regionally and nationally recognized for her outstanding contributions in community outreach, volunteer and youth programs development and engagement and partnership deployment. She has also been awarded for her outstanding contributions in using here experiences as a US Navy veteran to help problem solve and develop strategies to better connect and engage recent military veterans. Coordinated the finalization and release of the Veterans Survey Reporting working with the National Park Foundation. Additionally, Ernestine is an alumnus of the NPS GOAL Leadership Academy.