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Phone: 443-491-3634
2938 Kidds Schoolhouse Rd
Parkton
Maryland 21120
USA
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Target demographics: Educate At-Risk Youth about HIV/AIDS/STIs

Direct beneficiaries per year: 60 At-Risk Youth scholars

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: assist with rescue horse husbandry:(water, feed, groom, clean stales; assist with youth scholar supervision; teach life-skills; educate youth scholar about HIV/AIDS , health and wellness.

Geographic areas served: Maryland and Washington DC, nationally and internationally.

Programs: The Safe2Live Virtual Health Education Program contributes towards achieving an “AIDs-Free Generation” by increasing HIV/STI awareness, education and prevention among youth. PY1 designed a strategy in a format that is flexible and culturally competent to meet the needs of the younger generation and to continuously seek out creative ways to keep youth knowledgeable and safe. Safe2Live© is using an avatar/virtual reality format to create an HIV prevention program. By providing Safe2Live© in a virtual format we serve youth, before they become teens.
The Project Arrowhead service encourages awareness and education for all youth, especially those living in high-risk areas where HIV and related diseases are alarmingly prevalent. The service, using hands-on activities, delivers the overall message of personal and social responsibility that increases positive health behavioral change among youth, propose sustainable actions to develop Mustang preservation and protect the planet.

Mission:
PY1's mission is to increase precautionary awareness and individual responsibility with respect to HIV/AIDS through music, art, STEM and other media via educational events, programs and activities. PY1 strives to eliminate the taboos, myths and stigma associated with HIV, and to reduce risky behaviors and new infections.
Results:
Since the SAFE2LIVE Program inception we have directly served 350 students in school settings and 500 children at community events. PY1’s Safe2Live© Program educates pre-adolescents and helps them to understand and identify risky behaviors, enhance their decision-making skills, and alleviate their fears. Safe2Live empowers youth with the information they need to take charge of their future, and the knowledge to make healthy lifestyle choices and changes. Based on our pre- and post- surveys, we can report that youth’s knowledge of HIV and other related diseases increased over 25% after participating in Safe2live.

Since its inception Project Arrowhead© has served 320 adolescents’ at-risk youth from different organizations in Baltimore Maryland and Washington, DC: United Planning Organization (Providing Opportunities with Educational Readiness), Guide Program, Inc., Woodbourne School and Park Heights New Fellowship Christian Community; UMAR (Boxing and Youth Development Center) and Boys Hope - Girls Hope. The youth expressed satisfaction with the program and service workers and parents commented on increased positive behaviors of attendees.

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07/16/13
PY1 is such an amazing program! The team of professionals there helped me and a group of students complete a SWOT analysis of their program. Not only did we find their program to be strong and fluid, but the connection and relationships we gained with them is unforgettable! Thank you PY1 for the ... more »
07/11/13
PY1 is no ordinary non-profit organization I have come across.Being from Africa,and specifically Kenya,where there are so many NGOs working on issues concerning on youth education,I am confident to say PY1 has stood out for me as quite unique. PY1 exhibits that helping young people is not just ... more »
07/09/13
Protect Yourself 1, Inc. is such an innovative and engaging nonprofit, as they have utilized immersive environments to educate and create advocates by actively participating in the virtual world of Second Life. Their staff has outreach that is beyond borders through community meetings, special ... more »
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