Community Outreach

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill

Project Safe & Growing


In 1997, CAN Prevent received funding from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) to provide a day treatment program setting for children ages three to five that had been identified as victims of crime and Project Safe and Growing was born. The children were traumatized and were designated as Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED). The day treatment setting allowed for class sessions of 13 weeks each where the children received beneficial therapeutic level services to address the impact of their experiences of victimization at no cost to the family. Project Safe and Growing operated four days a week for 2 ½ hours per day and would serve 8-9 children at a time. 

KNJ Awards


Kristine Nagy-Johnson was a visionary and hero in our community in the arena of child abuse prevention.  She passionately advocated for children and in her honor, CAN Prevent created the annual Kristine Nagy-Johnson Awards to acknowledge the efforts of community members who went above and beyond the call of duty to stop the cycle of child abuse.  People are nominated in the categories of individual performance in foster care, victim advocacy, counseling, social work, support services, law enforcement, community outreach and education, early childhood education, youth performance, post humous award, as well as outstanding program, media contribution and finally, the prestigious Donna Legg Recognition Award.  The nominations are then voted on by a panel of  non-partial judges.  Throughout the years, this award ceremony has been well attended and the awards well received.

Reno Kids Kite Festival


The Reno Kids Kite Festival is a joyous, fun, family oriented event that helps build awareness for child abuse prevention without being sad.  Thousands of folks participated in the 2012 Kite Festival  and the first 300 children at Rancho San Rafael Park received a free kite to fly.  Parents and children enjoyed kite flying together as well as food and family oriented vendors and activities throughout the park. CAN Prevent partnered with Reno Media Group to bring the event to our community.  The Reno Kids Kite Festival serves as one of our fundraising events for the year with proceeds going to CAN Prevent’s Project Safe and Growing and other programs. It also serves as a great way to bring awareness to child abuse and neglect by bringing families together for a day of fun and happiness in one of our area’s most beautiful park settings.

CAN Prevent/Child Safety Annual Conference


This annual conference is designed to bring top rated speakers to our community to address critical issues in and around the topic of child abuse and neglect. Attendees for the conference are teachers, counselors, social workers, nurses, family court judges, peace officers and advocates for children, who receive much needed training and continuing education credits for attending and participating in pre and post testing requirements.  The conference attracts over 200 registrants each year and has become a highly regarded educational opportunity for people in our community. Click here to register for the 2018 conference! 

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