Scottsdale Boys and Girls Club receives honors

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Distinguished Level Professional Award winners from the Scottsdale Boys and Girls Club National Conference include (from left) Brian Yazzie, Soilo Felix and Cathy Wiedhopf.

<i>Courtesy photo</i><br> Distinguished Level Professional Award winners from the Scottsdale Boys and Girls Club National Conference include (from left) Brian Yazzie, Soilo Felix and Cathy Wiedhopf.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Three staff members from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale were honored with the Distinguished Professional Award at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America's National Conference, which took place in San Francisco, Calif. in May.

Brian Yazzie, Director of Native American Services; Soilo Felix, Director of Education Technology; and Cathy Wiedhopf, Education Coordinator at the Hartley; and Ruth Barker Branch were awarded the Distinguished Level among only five recipients from across the country. The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale is second in the number of staff earning this honor, which is given based on work history, professional development, training experiences and education.

Yazzie has been with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale for 10 years, 19 years though working as a youth development professional. Yazzie has a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Phoenix. As director of Native American Services, he manages the branches located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Felix has been involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale since 1999. He holds a bachelor's of science degree in physics from Arizona State University and manages the technology programs for the clubs.

Wiedhopf has been working at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale since May 2002. She has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a minor in American Indian studies from Arizona State University.

All are members of the Academy of Boys and Girls Clubs of America's Academy of Professionals - a program created in 1998 to recognize staff nationwide that demonstrates a commitment to fulfilling the strategic goals and objectives that supports the organization's mission. The academy honors staff for continued professional growth and development that demonstrates the highest levels of competence and performance within their jobs. Since 1998, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has had 13 professionals bestowed with the honor of being named to the Distinguished Level.

"We are proud of our dedicated, talented team and are happy to see them gain the recognition they justly deserve," said Steve Davidson, President/CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. "Each individual has been instrumental in helping our organization realize its goals of providing quality programs that help today's youth."

About The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale

Since 1954, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has provided more than 100,000 Northeast Valley youth with a positive, supervised environment to explore the power of their potential. Today the club serves 15,000 children and teen through the organization's nine branches and 12 outreach sites located in Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Hualapai Indian Community and other Northeast Valley neighborhoods. The club offers more than 100 youth development programs emphasizing five core areas: the arts; character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; and sports, fitness and recreation.

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