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ELKO The Family Resource Center is hosting a day of learning April 16 to commemorate Pinwheels for Prevention, a national public awareness initiative focused on preventing child abuse and neglect. The workshops are held throughout the day at the Family Resource Center, 331 Seventh St., in Elko.

Free continuing education units are available for professionals attending the workshops.

The workshop facilitators are Dr. Amanda Haboush-Deloye and Elena Espinoza, both from Las Vegas.

Amanda Haboush-Deloye earned her Ph.D. in experimental psychology and her Master of Arts in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Haboush-Deloye’s research background includes mental health in adolescent, adult and older adult populations. She also has a particular interest in improving research methods to be more culturally competent. As a researcher at Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy, she has designed and implemented many research projects regarding children’s physical health, mental health and education, as well as children’s advocacy initiatives such as Every Child Matters in Nevada and Prevent Child Abuse Nevada. As a Las Vegas native, she plans to remain in Nevada and work with NICRP to create a healthy community where families and children are a priority.

Elena Espinoza has been working in the field of human and social services for 25 years in higher education, victim services, prevention, health disparities and access to healthcare. Originally from Sinaloa, México, Elena grew up in Southern California but has been living in Nevada for the past 10 years.

Espinoza received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in gender studies and political science. She received her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Espinoza is the program coordinator and Southern Nevada trainer for Prevent Child Abuse Nevada. She previously worked as a grants manager and program lead with the State of Nevada Office of Community Partnerships and Grants. Espinoza is a public speaker, trainer and social activist regarding issues of victim advocacy and rights, youth leadership development and cultural competence. Combining her activism with applied social pedagogy, she hopes to contribute in meaningful ways to systemic changes that can lead to social justice for all people.

Workshop participants will receive a bag of free healthy food and a ticket for a chance to win a huge family prize basket valued at more than $300 including games, books, puzzles and other items.

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The final Pinwheels event, taking place at 6 p.m. April 27, includes judging the children’s pinwheel coloring sheets, handmade pinwheels and posters, all displayed in a gallery-type setting at the Family Resource Center.

Judges will choose the winners and the children will take home their prizes and artwork that evening. First place winners from each age category will receive a bicycle donated by Coldwell Banker. Second place winners will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

The event also features a Learning Maze with information-sharing activities conducted by staff from the Family Resource Center, Division of Child and Family Services, Elko Police Department, Elko Fire Department, Communities in Schools, and the Juvenile Probation Department.

The Family Resource Center, a nonprofit agency, has provided exceptional programs and services to help build strong families and healthy communities since 1985. If you have questions about Pinwheels for Prevention events, or FRC programming and services, call 753-7352 or stop by the Family Resource Center office at 331 Seventh St. in Elko. You can also visit their website, www.elkofrc.org and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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