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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, January 23, 1997 15 I i/- Seeking solutions to social problems is a life time pursuit for Claudia Knight, Case Manager for the Pahrump Family Resource Center. She is aware of the myriad social problems. From personal experience, Knight knows there are solutions. She knows the solutions start with the per- son. Until recently, Knight's primary focus has been on high school students. She wants young people to have the tools they need to become productive citizens. A teacher for over 30 years, Knight has been dedicated to giving her students a foundation to build on. For 12 years she was the department head for Business/Vocational Education at a high school in Mr. Clemens, Michigan near Detroit. At Mt. Clemens, Knight was part of Michigan's excel- lent Technical Preparation Program. She is sharing her expertise in this area as a member of the Steering Commit- tee for the Southern Nevada School to Work Program. One of her goals is to become more involved with School to Work. "The sooner young people start thinking about goals the better," the educator says. "Young people in Pahrump must start thinking globally." She says they need to be aware of the opportunities that exist outside Pahrump, beyond Nevada and past the boundaries of the United States. Knight' s mother thought beyond the boundaries of her Mississippi home. When Knight was five years old, her parents moved the family to Memphis, Tennessee to seek better employment opportunities. Knight's mother was soon on her own with three daughters to raise. With only a seventh grade education, the woman determined to raise her children without welfare. She did. She taught her children the value of education and all three became career women. One graduated from business school and two became school teachers. In time Knight's mother moved to Chicago. Knight remained in Memphis to attend the Methodist College. In college, Knight was involved in social issues. "I saw the need," she says, "and, I wanted to be involved in the social solution." When Dr. Martin Luther King marched in Mem- phis, Knight marched with him. She received her Bachelor's degree before joining her family in Chicago. She taught there for six years before she moved to Michigan where she taught for another 25 years. During those years, she raised her daughter facing the challenges of single parenthood after a divorce. Although busy, Knight managed to find time to be an active volun- teer for the Girl Scouts, Y-Teens and the Y.W.C.A. Knight was a student as well as a teacher. She contin- ued her own education earning a Master's Degree in Education. More recently she received her Specialist De- gree in School Administration. She is only a dissertation away from a Doctorate Degree. The move to Pahrump, with husband Reggie in July 1995, opened new vistas. The wide open spaces and the friendly people the west is noted for both appeal to Knight. Living in a small town has taken some adjustment, but she likes it. Las Vegas is close enough to fill the need for urban cultural and commercial activities. No need to miss friends in Michigan. They come to Pahrump and Las Vegas. Knight laughs when she says, "Life in Pahrump is so busy. We have a lot of company especially this time of year." Once settled into her new home, Knight sought a place in the community where she could use her education, talent and experience to continue on her life path of helping young people prepare for a productive, fulfilling future. Knight was not discouraged when she didn't find a niche tO fill in the Nye County School system. She agreed to teach computer classes in Pahrump for the Community College of Southern Nevada. She will continue teaching weekend and evening classes when the new semester begins February 5th. Last summer she responded to an ad for Case Manager for the new, grant funded, Pahrump Family Resource Center. Knight was hired by PFRC as Assistant Program Director. She started the part-time position in September. She filled her schedule by accepting a second part-time position, Director of Kids Klub, a latch key program that provides after school supervision and activities for chil- dren of working parents. Her volunteer position with the School to Work Pro- gram provided an opportunity to continue helping young people find direction and prepare for their tomorrows. Her new positions put her in touch with a broader spectrum of the community. In November, Knight became the Case Manager for PFRC when Christine Hill accepted a position as coordina- tor of the new Even Start Program. Mrs. Keating took over directorship of Kids Klub and Pat Lyle joined PFRC as Assistant Project Director. PFRC is a referral agency to help people in the com- munity access services they need. Services may be avail- able in Pahrump or Las Vegas. Where services are not available, the agency tries to provide them. The latch key program is an example where PFRC decided to provide a much needed service. Reaching out to adults who need assistance to find work, on Friday, February 7, the agency will be conducting FREE job searc h training/assistance to all eligible citizens of the area through the Displaced Homemaker/Dislocated Worker Program. For more information about the program to be held at the Bob Ruud Community Center contact Knight at 727-3885. Another area where PFRC will be directly involved is developing programs to help prevent teen pregnancy. On February 12 at 7 p.m., in cooperation with County Health Services, the agency is presenting a program on teen pregnancy at the Community Center. Knight believes this is a program that the entire community needs to be in- volved with, and she hopes all interested people will attend the program. The problems created by teen pregnancy are so great, Knight wants to form a group of concerned citi- zens to volunteer as "Citi- zens Against Teen Preg- nancy." People who are willing to help can contact her at the center. "Teen pregnancy causes such enormous prob- lems for young people and limits so many opportuni- ties. ! just want to make signs and hang them all over begging teens to GIVE YOURSELF A CHANCE," says Knight. Other programs Knight oversees, under the "guid- ing-light" of the Neighbor- hood Council, are Adult Lit- eracy, Help Seniors, English as a Second Language, Job Readiness, Parents Support Group, Peer to Peer Mentoring and Cross-Gen- erational Mentoring. Volunteers are the life PAHRUMP DERMATOLOGY Q. Can melanoma be treated? A. Yes, it can be treated. In the early stages, melanoma is completely curable. For advanced melanoma, treatment must be individualized. 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