Volz receives ‘Champion of Youth Award’ from Excelsior

State Rep. Mike Volz, R-Spokane, has been recognized for his work to ensure area youth have the services they need to stay healthy, stay engaged with their communities and stay on the path to their best possible futures.

“I've always had concerns about our area youth,” said Volz, who serves as the assistant ranking member on the House Education Committee. “The challenges, temptations and obstacles facing our young people today are tremendous, and we need a tremendous effort from both the public and private sector to keep our youth safe, healthy and mindful of their current and future potential.”

Excelsior, a community-based nonprofit organization, has been providing local services for the past 30 years. They seek to connect children, youth and families to their futures by empowering them to live healthy, stronger, and more satisfying lives by providing key services in education, primary health and behavioral health.

The organization presented Volz with their “Champion of Youth Award” at a banquet and awards ceremony last month.

“There are a lot of nonprofit organizations and public agencies offering services to our area youth,” said Volz. “I can't think of a better-run, more focused organization than Excelsior. They have a track record of bringing mental stability, physical health and purpose to our most vulnerable young people. I'm beyond honored to receive this award and will continue working with anyone who puts our children, students and families above politics and personal agendas.”

Volz has sponsored or cosponsored legislation to help high poverty schools, increase student access to school counselors, and require traumatic brain injury screenings for children entering the state foster care system.

“Mike Volz is a champion for youth not only because he advocates and supports the needs of youth in our community, but he dedicates time to check in and follow-up to make sure youth are receiving the services they so desperately need,” said Kitara Johnson, Chief Development Officer for Excelsior. “He is a leader who walks his talk and Excelsior is incredibly grateful because we cannot do what we do without the help from community members. The community's most vulnerable needs champions and we are grateful to find one in Mike.”

Volz, an Army veteran who lives in North Spokane, is serving his second term representing the 6th Legislative District. He is a graduate of both Eastern Washington University with a degree in business finance and accounting, and an MBA from Gonzaga University. He is a licensed CPA and currently serves as the chief deputy treasurer for Spokane County.


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