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School Retention Specialist named

Posted 4/4/2008

Nora Luna

LAS VEGAS - Nora Luna has joined University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Children, Youth and Families team as an Area Extension Specialist focusing on school retention programs.

Previously, Luna served as a Project Manger as the Associate Director of the U.S.- Mexico Border Communities Alliance for the Western Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies. Luna has over ten years of substance abuse prevention experience, is a Certified Prevention Specialist and has been a staff member of the University of Nevada, Reno since 1998. She has provided training and technical assistance to state, school and community personnel in Alaska, California Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming and the U.S.- Mexico border region.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and a Master of Education degree in educational psychology. She is bilingual (English and Spanish). During her tenure at the YMCA of Southern Nevada, Luna implemented and supervised staff that implemented positive youth development programs including Positive Choices, a parenting program, YMCA Life Skills for first offenders, and the YMCA After-School Tutoring programs. Luna was born in 1971 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is an outreach arm of the University that extends unbiased, research-based knowledge from University of Nevada-and other land-grant universities-to local communities. Educational programs are developed based on local needs, sometimes in partnership with other agencies and volunteers. For more information about University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, please visit the website at www.unce.unr.edu or call (702) 222-3130.

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