As the school year gets into full swing, new Department Director of Children & Youth Programs Dorothy Whyte is hard at work administering BronxWorks’ education, youth development, and recreational programs for Bronx young people from toddlers to teenagers. A longtime resident of New Jersey, where she grew up, Dorothy joined BronxWorks in August 2015, and comes to her post with a wealth of experience and expertise in youth programs and social services.
Dorothy’s strong commitment to helping disadvantaged young people achieve their full potential and establish strong foundations for prosperous futures is evident in her work – a mission she hopes to continue advancing in her position at BronxWorks. Preceding her position at BronxWorks, she spent a decade as Senior Director of School-Based Programs and Adolescent & Young Adult Programs with the New York City Mission Society, a Harlem-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through educational support, workforce development, restorative justice, and other supportive services. She has collaborated with the New York City Department of Education to create effective alternative pathways to high school graduation for students struggling academically, working with school administrators, teachers, and counselors to provide needed academic support, post-graduation planning assistance, career education, and college access services. She has worked with principals to develop and establish alternative high schools to serve the unique needs of English language learners, recent immigrants, and academically under-performing students. Her past experience also includes work with the New York Work Alliance, the Goodwill Industries for Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, and the NYC Private Industry Council.
Dorothy holds a Bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Montclair State University, as well as a Master of Public Administration from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. A mother of two, her eldest daughter is following in her footsteps as a junior at Rutgers University. Her strong commitment to the BronxWorks mission of “feed, shelter, teach, and support” is in part inspired by her grandfather’s dedication to serving his own community, and her family remains deeply important to her. Outside of BronxWorks, she is currently working with her mother on a memoir about immigrating to the United States from Jamaica.