Protect Yourself 1, Inc Overview
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.
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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