Protect Yourself 1, Inc

Rating: 4.87 stars   46 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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Life-changing

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2015

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

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 events, and educational seminars. They are professional and passionate about how they help those with HIV and have effectively expressed the way we all are impacted by HIV while teaching us how we can make a difference on a local and global scale.

My experiences with PY1 have been with them at the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life and I have showcased their successes at many community events. They are an amazing team to work with and support! Please visit their virtual office at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Aloft%20Nonprofit%20Commons/236/169/24

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

PY1 is a great organization because they promote HIV awareness in under served communities. My nephew was a part of project arrowhead and loved every minute of experiencing horses. It gave him a different perspective on all of the possibilities life has to offer.

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Protect Yourself 1 has made tremendous contributions in Baltimore for infectious disease education and related programs. I have personally seen the tireless efforts of the President of this organization to make a difference in the life of kids and youth of Baltimore.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

this is a very important organization the work they do to educate the youth will help them tremendously remember the youth is our future and education is the way

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Likely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Protect Yourself 1 is an organization doing work of the highest importance, and one that is finding innovative ways to do so. One such way is with their Safe2Live project, in which they engage the community around HIV prevention and awareness in the virtual world Second Life. Their executive director, Monique Richert, is a forward thinker and a pleasure to interact with.

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I am touched by the efforts to raise awareness about HIV, as well as to change the stigma of those living with HIV.

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

I would not change anything.

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