This Friday, April 19th, Nonprofit Commons is happy to feature members of the nonprofit Protect Yourself 1 (PY!), Executive Director Monique Richert (Chayenn in SL), Social Media Director Ricky Davis (Tiltank Tibedeau in SL) and Sustainable Development Director Jacques Macaire (jacmacaire humby in SL), who will discuss their innovative performance, social media and virtual projects focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention and environmental awareness. We will also welcome Bernhard Drax (Draxtor Despres who will premiere the latest episode of The Drax Files: World Makers, focusing on the Relay for Life fundraising event Fantasy Faire.
PY1 is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate people about HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Exploitation of the environment has led to increased human exposure to disease. To protect ourselves from this exposure, we must increase our awareness of threats to animals and our ecosystem. Protecting ourselves means creating new models for healthy living. The interdependence between Health, Wild Life and Environment is a priority at PY1.
To respond to these issues PY1 has focused on developing and sharing key programs, such as:
- PROTECT YOUR LIFE, which includes three campaigns:
- Safe2Live: a social marketing media campaign targeting youth ages 8 – 13
- Great2Know: a college tour targeting young adults ages 16 – 24
- Protect Yourself: a media campaign targeting adults
- PROTECT WILD LIFE, featuring Project Arrowhead
- PROTECT YOUR PLANET featuring BE A PROTECTOR
These projects tap into a need to look to the younger generation to see where technology use is headed in the future and to continuously seek out creative ways to keep youth knowledgeable and safe.
About Berhard Drax
Bernhard Drax aka Draxtor Despres creates interactive audio/video content and devises new media concepts for corporate and academic clientele. In addition to producing music for film, television and the web Bernhard has a solid background in radio news production and print journalism.
The Drax Files World Makers will be a semi bi-weekly show who examines the creative people behind the avatars who make the virtual world of Second Life what it is & move it forward with their passion and persistence.
Mixed reality interviews form the basis of a reportage that profiles designers, game-makers, role-players and fashion aficionados, musicians, artists and social-issue activists for whom the Second Life avatar is not a separate entity but a true extension of themselves with which they navigate the digital space.
The show will utilize real-life footage as well as machinima from within SL and feature self-taught hobbyists to dedicated pros from all walks of life, from all over the world and cuts across gender, ethnic and generational divides.
A world solely made by its residents – truly only their imagination can be the limit!
Join us in Second Life!
Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
Friday, April 19th, 8:30 AM SLT / PST
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater
- 8:30 am Introductions
- 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
- 8:45 am Mentors Central
- 8:55 am Featured Presentation: PY!, Monique Richert (Chayenn in SL), Ricky Davis (Tiltank Tibedeau in SL), Jacques Macaire (jacmacaire humby in SL)
- 9:30 am Bernhard Drax (Draxtor Despres in SL)
- 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements
The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions.
Written by: Rhiannon Chatnoir