Friday, November 15th, TechSoup’s Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will be welcoming members of the University of Michigan’s, Latino youth sex education project ¡Cuídate! taking place in Second Life.
Research team members:
- Antonia Villarruel, PhD (avillarr in SL)
- Michelle Aebersold, PhD (jaimeaebersold in SL)
- Dana Tschannen, PhD (madeline.glaz in SL)
- Emily Yeagley, MPH, MA (eyeagley in SL)
- Angel Valladares (angelfv in SL)
- Joseph D. Yaksich, MS, RN (jyaksich in SL)
¡Cuídate! Is an evidence based program designed specifically for Latino youth to reduce sexual risk behavior. A key component of ¡Cuídate! Is to have trained facilitators delivering the program. The training is developed in Second Life in order to increase access to quality training. The project uses Second Life ®, an online web-based environment where participants can learn and practice skills needed to implement ¡Cuídate!
The scale-up of effective evidence-based programs is sometimes held up by the inability to meet the demand for curriculum training. Traditional trainings are conducted face to face, are time intensive, often require travel, and are conducted at the same pace. Barriers to training include getting time off as well as the time and cost of travel.
The goal is to offer a more efficient, user-based way for individuals to be trained in ¡Cuídate! We believe this method will provide an excellent learning environment to learn the skills necessary to deliver ¡Cuídate! and do so in way that is less costly and more convenient.
Funding for this study comes from NIH Grant No. 1R21MH09572301A1.
Join us in Second Life!
Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
Friday, November 15th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater
AGENDA (all times below Pacific Time)
- 8:30 am Introductions
- 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
- 8:45 am Mentors Central
- 9:00 am Featured Presentation – ¡Cuídate! Latino Youth Sex Ed Virtual Facilitator Training
- 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements
Immediately following the meeting we will take a virtual tour of the ¡Cuídate! training center in Second Life, located at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wolverine%202/55/78/25
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