Kenneth J. White
Ken White entered the YMCA Movement as a resident camp dishwasher (or as he called it a “dining hall steward and scullery captain”) in junior high. Having grown up in a challenging family environment, Mr. White credits the YMCA for saving his life. Each summer, during junior high and high school, he worked at YMCA camps.
Upon graduating from high school, he attended the American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. After his graduation, he joined the staff of the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey in 1972. During his employment for the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA, Mr. White developed his skills as a youth worker. Five years later, he received a call from Julius Jones to join the staff of the Washington D.C. YMCA. He accepted the offer and promoted inclusive practices at the Y.
In 1982, Mr. White became the executive of the Central Bucks Family YMCA where he would accomplish one of his greatest achievements: eliminating the debt at the YMCA. His experience with fundraising and board cultivation set the stage for his final YMCA position with the YMCA of Greater New York and the YMCA of the USA.
After reflecting on his career, Mr. White believes his most significant career accomplishment was sharing his experience and wisdom with the YMCA employees through training and consultations. Mr. White was especially praised for his board development content, which benefited numerous YMCAs across the country.
Community and Board Service
Mr. White remains active in his community, serving as an Elder for his church and as Treasurer at Salem United Church of Christ. He also served three years as National Treasurer of YMCA Alumni (2011-2013). Additionally, he was a board member for the Y Youth Foundation of the Central Atlantic Area and was the Treasurer of the World Fellowship of YMCAs before assuming his current role as Chair of Membership.
During his career, Mr. White was deeply involved in training YMCA professionals. As a Youth and Urban Youth Services director, he led “Family Focus” or parent-education training’s for nearly a decade. He also conducted Career Development Program training’s for YMCA of the USA.
Mr. White was involved in over 1,200 new YMCA Director’s certifications and developed the first email training’s for board member development, which emphasized orientation, recruitment, and involvement of YMCA board members.
Mr. White received a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology from American International College in Springfield Massachusetts (1972).
‟The YMCA really saved my butt. I grew up with a tough family life.”
‟...people in the organization should learn about volunteers...”
‟You think you know everything.”
‟Some unbelievable years in the Y.”
Program Director, Lakeland Hills Family YMCA, Mountain Lakes, NJ
Director of Urban Youth Services, Raritan Bay Area YMCA, Amboy, NJ
Alexandria Branch Executive, YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
CEO, Central Bucks Family YMCA, Doylestown, PA
VP/New York Management Director, YMCA of Greater New York, NY
East Field Consultant, YMCA of the USA, Chicago, IL