Maria T. Medina, director of operations, Noelia Sanchez, program supervisor, and Gloria Segovia-Zuniga, program coordinator, from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg Rio Grande Valley have recently completed all requirements for membership into the Academy of Boys & Girls Club Professionals at the Professional Level for the Management & Youth Development Categories, respectively.

The Academy of Boys & Girls Club Professionals is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s strategic initiative, which helps Clubs expand their youth development capacity, while recognizing the value of career and professional development. The Academy of Boys & Girls Club Professionals offers club professionals an opportunity to participate in a competency-based training and recognition program aimed at helping Clubs attract, train and retain top professionals.

Membership in the Academy of Boys & Girls Club Professionals is open to all full-time Boys & Girls Club employees with one or more years of employment. To earn Academy awards employees must have a four-year degree or comparable work experience. Applicants also must complete 10 hours of Boys & Girls Club training.

“The Academy provides us with the opportunity to develop our careers and professional development utilizing Boys & Girls Clubs of America national training programs as well as local training opportunities. I am very proud to be a part of the Academy at the Professional level” said Medina.

As recognized leaders in the Boys & Girls Club Movement, Maria Medina, Noelia Sanchez and Gloria Segovia-Zuniga exemplify professional excellence in the ever-changing, increasingly complex and competitive non-profit environment.

The Boys & Girls Club has played an integral role in the Edinburg community for 38 years, providing daily programs and services to over 19,000 young people.

During the school year, the club is open Monday through Friday, 3 to 8 p.m. and during the summer the hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The club offers programs that emphasize character and leadership development, education and career enhancement, health and life skills, the arts, and sport, fitness and recreation.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV call 383-2582, Sabrina Walker-Hernandez, chief professional officer, or log onto www.edinburgkids.com. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV is a proud City of Edinburg partner and a United Way of South Texas agency.