IDOC volunteer a 'Brightest Star'

Nick flanked by Mrs. Otter and the Governor
Nick Yordy with the Governor and Mrs. Otter

An Idaho Department of Correction AmeriCorp volunteer has been named one of Idaho's Brightest Stars.

Nick Yordy, who volunteers in the education program at South Idaho Correctional Institution, was honored Wednesday at the 2013 Governor's Brightest Star Awards. The event, which is hosted by Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter and First Lady Lori Otter, celebrates the outstanding dedication and accomplishments of Idaho volunteers.

As an AmeriCorp volunteer, Yordy provides academic tutoring to offenders. He has also served on the Technology Work Group - a group of computer lab instructors from IDOC facilities around the state.  The group has been developing a plan to update the computer labs so they can be used for computer-based GED testing.

Yordy's volunteer work has extended beyond IDOC's education program. He has also used his computer skills to create a data base for maintenance and tool control, and he has helped individual IDOC staff members with their technology projects.

"He has shown a level of dedication above and beyond the scope of a volunteer," wrote Julie Oye-Johnson, IDOC's education program director, in her letter nominating Yordy for the award. "In my 18 years of working with AmeriCorp volunteers I have not had a volunteer that exhibits such motivation, dedication, trustworthiness, talent and self-discipline as Nick."

The Governor and Mrs. Otter present just seven Brightest Stars every year. Yordy was honored in the student category.

Yordy is the son of Jill Yordy, administrative assistant at South Idaho Correctional Institution-Community Work Center, and Keith Yordy, deputy warden at Idaho State Correctional Institution.


Story published: 11/15/2013
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