Whitney joined IEL in December 2017 as a program associate working on IEL’s Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Technical Assistance Center (Y-TAC) initiative.
Whitney graduated from Catholic University with a bachelor’s degree in social work and a minor in Spanish. Throughout college she held a variety of internship and job positions including conference coordinator for Catholic University’s Conference on Human Trafficking, Crisis Counselor for So Others Might Eat, and social work intern for the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project (HCPP). Throughout her HCPP internship she learned what it takes to run a nonprofit aimed at serving youth and families experiencing homelessness in DC. She compiled a wide range of resources for parents, managed playtime enrollment and attendance, edited HCPP’s training presentations, and conducted child play therapy.
After graduation Whitney interned at the International Center for Journalists where she learned about program management and event planning geared towards training journalists in the digital age. Next, she volunteered in Guatemala with Volunteers in Development, Education, and Solidarity. As an English teacher in San Pedro Carchá, she created lesson plans for students of all ages, learned about Guatemalan culture, bonded with the community, and improved her Spanish language skills. Her social work background and trip to Guatemala has led her to IEL and its mission to improve outcomes for youth and families all around the country.