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Protect Yourself 1, Inc

Rating: 4.88 stars   52 reviews 3,698

Nonprofit Issues:

Health

Address:

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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443-491-3634
http://protectyourself1.org/

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Rating: 5 stars  

always professional and truly caring, PY1 goes the extra distance to really reach kids who need it most. I wish PY1 best of luck with developing their virtual world and game programs; as technology opens up new ways for kids to interact with the world and each other, it is super important to provide an informed presence, so kids can learn how to navigate the dangers of the world. PY1 makes this process fun!

 
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very impressed with the professionalism and dedication of this group. nobody else is targeting these youth. well done, very much looking forward to what else they do.

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

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Protect Yourself 1 is a great program! Using horses for therapeutic purposes is ingenious and provides many with an opportunity to get outside of city limits, and gain an experience that many others are not privy to.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I am so impressed with the level of professionalism shown by the PY1 team. All of them have a heart to serve with excellence. Their approaches are innovative and relevant to a variety of audiences. We are looking forward to collaborating with PY1 in the future.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

As the Youth Services Director for United Planning Organization, located in Washington, DC, I was thrilled to have our early high school students participate in the PY1 Project Arrowhead program. The content was far greater than what I imagined when we originally signed up. The incorporation of yoga, horse training, ecology, and art provided our students with an unimaginable experience. They enjoyed themselves so immensely, that we decided to return the following year for an extended stay.

Our first group of students has recently graduated from high school and are off to college. We've since established our second program cohort and cannot wait to reconnect with JAR (the Horseman), Monique, and others as part of our program offering.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Over the past year, I have learned a lot about Protect Yourself1 and the team there. There is a great need for the inner city youth to gain experience, knowledge and assistance. Protect Yourself1 and Jar make this a reality. We truly appreciate all they do for the community and look forward to growing our relationship throughout the upcoming years.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Over the years I have had the opportunity to work in various diciplines with children and young adults. They would use horses, art, music or another animal such as dogs to work with kids and I saw how successful this was. PY1 and Project Arowhead should have places throughout the United States. There are so many kids that need help, need recognition, need to feel empowered in a positive way which changes their lives for the better. Many of which will go on as adults to help others. Horses and animals in general do not judge. They do not care what your background was or is, what color you are, what sex you are or your political views. Children are not under pressure to perform, they are aloud to just be. In watching this charity and it's work many of these kids would have ended up in juvenile hall or jail or worse. They have been given the opportunity to see another world free from gang pressure, sex, drugs or other substance abuse. And when they do they also find out how great it feels to see the world and their life in a completley different way. It is my hope to see PY1 and Project Arrowhead become offered worlwide and funded. They changes we make in a childs life today will become tomorrows dreams and accomplishments. Thank you PY1 and Project Arrowhead foryour outstanding committment to bringing change-one child at a time!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The children are our future and it's our responsibility to help guide them along the way. No organization understands this better than Project Arrowhead. This outstanding program helps to take at-risk youth and redirect them through the power of education. Young lives are being changed everyday through the tireless efforts of PY1. As a filmmaker, I look forward to the opportunity to document how Project Arrowhead continues to help do their part in changing the world one youth at a time.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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I learned about PY1 last year when I met the Executive Director of the program. I took an interest in the program for at-risk youth called Project Arrowhead. I am part of a production team covering the great work that this program does in working with the children. They offer an invaluable experience to children who may never otherwise have the opportunity to learn and grow in the way that PY1 encourages. I look forward to a continued partnership and work with PY1.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I am involved as a volunteer with PY1 through their Be A Protector program. By introducing life-changing information about wellness and health in an entertaining way the program engages participants from all walks of life to be responsible, to change their behaviors and generate the change to protect our planet. Great organization to support....

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I am a professional in the private sector and have collaborated with PY1 on an informal basis for the past several months. During that time I’ve been thoroughly impressed with their vision of leveraging digital and interactive technology for AIDS and HIV education. As I’ve also dabbled in philanthropic work I can attest as to how important this vision is, especially for the younger generation for whom digital technology is almost a native language.

I hope others will support and get involved with PY1 and help them realize this vision.

 
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