BENEFITING: PROTECT YOURSELF 1 INC
The PY1 Project Arrowhead program provides underprivileged youth aged 8-18 living in high-risk areas in the Baltimore-Washington DC communities a rural educational experience to develop positive developmental assets including: HIV/STI health education, leadership development, life-skills, civic engagement, self acceptance, impulse modulation, social skills building and creative freedom.
The goal of Project Arrowhead is to provide health education to youth of disproportionate risk for HIV through facilitated health education, equestrian training, outdoor service, interpersonal /life skills that enhance the well being of youth, their families and the community.
Project Arrowhead objectives are to:
Educate youth about HIV/STIs, routes of transmission and how to protect yourself;
Strengthen youth’s knowledge of healthy nutrition, obesity, caring for the environment, life sciences through community gardening, nature walks and yoga;
Promote trust, confidence, self-esteem, teamwork, problem solving, relationship building, leadership skills and physical fitness through horseback riding, team games and individual challenge courses.
Each participant of Project Arrowhead program receives: 2 Hours of instruction on Equestrian Arts/Horse Husbandry, 1 Hour of HIV/STI Health Education, 1 Hour Luncheon and facilitated discussion by a Youth Educator, 1 Hour of instruction in Community Gardening and Life Sciences, 1 Hour of instruction in Yoga/team games and 1 Hour Nature Walk.
Project Arrowhead program was selected as a recipient of the 2013 Miami Foundation Black Male Engagement Fund. This award provided scholarships for 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: United Planning Organization; Guide Program, Woodbourne School, Park Heights Avenue Fellowship, Boys Hope Girls Hope, and Umar - Youth Boxing Program.
PY1 posits that urban youth in a country environment are more receptive to transformative learning and manifest positive behavioral change. Our proven curriculum affords youth unique opportunities to advance their knowledge, interpersonal dynamics and leadership skills and transfer the experience to their daily life in a positive constructive manner. Youth educators and parents attest their youth actively apply the health education, leadership skills problem solving, work ethic, personal responsibility learned through Project Arrowhead program.
In tandem with the acquired knowledge and life skills, participants have significantly improved knowledge of the risks of acquiring HIV/STIs and how to protect themselves from potential exposure or transmitting the virus to others. Youth actively apply the HIV/AIDS risk reduction techniques and healthy behaviors they learn through the program.
We anticipate the 2015 Project Arrowhead program will yield 200 minority youth with greatly enhanced knowledge of how to protect themselves from HIV/STIs, improved leadership skills, better understanding of nutrition, ecology and civic engagement.