Protect Yourself 1, Inc

Rating: 4.86 stars   42 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 2938 Kidds Schoolhouse Rd Parkton MD 21120 USA

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.
Target demographics: Educate At-Risk Youth about HIV/AIDS/STIs
Direct beneficiaries per year: 100 At-Risk Youth scholars
Geographic areas served: Maryland and Washington DC, nationally and internationally.
Programs: Protect Yourself 1 has three complementary signature programs: Safe2Live Program – An HIV/STI awareness, education and prevention program that integrates dynamic health education and STEM skills acquisition in a student avatar-based virtual reality simulation. The Safe2Live curricula and content are certified and authorized by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Baltimore City Public Schools. Project Arrowhead – An award winning HIV and well being awareness, education and prevention program that incorporates health education, life skills and leadership development though horse husbandry, community gardening, nature education and physical challenge. The program strengthens disenfranchised youths abilities to achieve their potential through teamwork and collaboration. Be A Protector Campaign – A social media and distance learning campaign to promote environmental education and sustainability.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was very honored that Project Arrowhead program that I founded became a part of the Bme Community. Project Arrowhead program was selected as a recipient of the 2013 Miami Foundation Black Male Engagement Fund. This award provided scholarships for 52 Baltimore City youth to participate in Project Arrowhead and acquire the knowledge and skills vital to becoming future leaders in our community. Since 2006, Project Arrowhead has served 320 adolescent at-risk youth from numerous organizations. Future plans are to develop Project Arrowhead as a turnkey educational program of national prominence for at-risk youth advancing HIV/AIDS prevention and preserving Mustangs throughout the U.S.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would hope to bring GREATER Funding

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Protect Yourself1 has helped us push our prevention program to the next level by putting our program in a youth attractive format. What is better than to find the right and best channel to convey one’s message to the audience? Thanks PY1 and keep up the great work…

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Protect Yourself 1 has developed programs designed to educate youth concerning the numerous issues concerning AIDS and HIV diseases, including educational and responsibility training Its team has designed state of the art interactive lessons that can be learned individually or in group settings. Their desire is to expand these programs to a much larger audience. Unfortunately, finding funding to further expand their efforts is difficult to come by.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I became aware of Protect Yourself 1 when they joined the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life. They have shared information during regular, weekly meetings in addition to hosting in world events to educate and increase awareness of their mission and goals for their organization. They are able to share information and their mission with others around the world through using a virtual platform.

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Life-changing

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

It has been an honor for me to serve on the board of PY1, Inc. I have seen the educational programs for prevention and awareness created by the in house staff make a positive impact on the youth in the city schools. More of this outreach needs to be provided to youth all over the world. PY1, Inc certainly has created a vehicle that works, via their diverse media presentations, that clearly sends a message to the youth. Lets plow forward to continue to educate these kids in preparation for a responsible and healthy future!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to hire more people to work in the office.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

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A lot

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

We are an organization that provides academic residential housing for at-risk youth in Baltimore, MD. We have partnered with Protect Yourself 1 which has given our scholars a tremendous awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention through youth-friendly technology. Also, it gave them an opportunity to have hands-on experience in nature (gardening, yoga, horseback riding, and overnight camping).

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide a better way for more people to know about it.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am the organizer of TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life community of nonprofit practitioners , NGOs, and those who support social good organizations. Protect Yourself 1, is a valuable, long-time member of this community, who have shared their best practices and wisdom gleamed through the amazing work they do. They have also hosted numerous networking and awareness raising events for their professional peers. They are a community asset, doing great work, and share back freely to the community-at-large.

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Very Well

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A lot

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Humanbe and Protect Yourself 1 are partners since 2013 to develop the Be A Protector Campaign – A social media and distance learning campaign to promote environmental education and sustainability, and provide community-level solutions for under-served, under-represented vulnerable populations to live healthier lives.

It is a great pleasure to work with the PY1 team comprised of professionals and share our goals to educate youth about a healthy lifestyle and environment protection...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

That would be by giving them more opportunities to go further in what they do.. PY1 deserves to be supported.. They are the future of this planet..

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

PY1 is great initiative and I see complete team fully dedicated to the cause. I wish I could have been of more help to them.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've helped the organizers of PY1 get started in their virtual office at the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life (www.nonprofitcommons.org) and they were very professional about all the little details to ensure their office was inviting and informative because they are dedicated to their cause. They are innovative and wanting to make a difference, and I know will be very successful in reaching their goal.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any changes they need to make at this time, they reach out when necessary for help and find the right people to talk to, to advance their cause in any way they can.

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2014

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