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Study of Virtual Health Literacy Skills and Real Life Impact for the December 13th NonProfit Commons Meeting

Friday, December 13th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Evelyn McElhinney (Kali Pizzaro in SL), who will present a snapshot of her findings from her first study which explored the health literacy skills of people who accessed health information in 3D virtual worlds and the influence on physical world health behavior.

 

Kali will go onto discuss her second study of her PhD with the aim to raise awareness and recruit participants. The study is investigating how participating in virtual world communities/groups influences peoples ability to 'live with' or 'cope with' their long term health condition in the physical world. A long term health condition is defined as a condition which lasts more than one year and impacts on a persons life and may require ongoing help and support (Scottish Government).

 

Bio:

Kali Pizzaro/Evelyn McElhinney is a Registered Nurse and Registered Nurse Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland. She is also a part time Doctoral Student at Glasgow Caledonian University. She was in clinical practice for 13 years and has been full time at the University for 8 years. She has presented at national and international conferences and published in peer reviewed journals.

 

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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, December 13th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL  

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation -  Evelyn McElhinney (Kali Pizzaro in SL) Study of Virtual Health Literacy Skills and Real Life Impact 
  • 9:40 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org  

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. 

Randy Hayes of Baltimore GiveCamp for the December 6th NonProfit Commons Meeting

Friday, December 6th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Randy Hayes, who is the president of Baltimore GiveCamp and the CMAP (Central Maryland Association of .NET Professionals) group that produces GiveCamp. From inception to the production of three GiveCamp events, Randy has been a cornerstone to the technology contribution in the Maryland Area Nonprofit Community.  

 

Baltimore GiveCamp has provided over 60 nonprofit organizations with over $1 million worth of technical services and support through its GiveCamp weekend events each year. The GiveCamp is a weekend-long technology development marathon; over 200 technical volunteer developers and engineers come together to help nonprofit organizations realize their dreams by providing much needed development efforts.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, December 6th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL  

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Randy Hayes of Baltimore GiveCamp
  • 9:40 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org  

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. 

World AIDS Day for the November 29th NonProfit Commons Meeting

World AIDS Day @ NonProfit Commons in Second Life, November 29, 2013

This Friday, November 29th, Nonprofit Commons is happy to feature members of the nonprofit Protect Yourself 1 (PY1), Executive Director Monique Richert (Chayenn in SL), Social Media Director Ricky Davis (Tank Thibedeau in SL) and PY1 Development Consultant Tom Kujawski (Incarn8 in SL), who will commemorate the 25th annual observance of World AIDS Day 2013.This year we are coming together under the World AIDS Day theme, “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.”

World AIDS Day brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and to demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the ongoing pandemic. Marking the day provides an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage further progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment everywhere around the world. World AIDS Day also offers each of us the opportunity to show support for people living with HIV, remember loved ones and colleagues who have died from the disease, and renew our commitment to combat HIV-related stigma in all its forms.

The Protect Yourself 1 team will share information about their program Safe2Live and how we can all contribute to an AIDS-Free Generation.

About Protect Yourself 1

Protect Yourself 1, Inc. (PY1), a non-profit 501 (c) (3), was founded in April 2004, and began operations in Maryland in August 2005. PY1 has been working for eight years to perfect a model of community empowerment aimed at enabling minority and other disenfranchised populations to address fear, stigma and other barriers to preventing and mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS.

PY1 uses innovative media-driven strategies to disseminate effective messages on HIV awareness, education and prevention to targeted groups; promote skills building to reduce risk behaviors; and conduct culturally inclusive social marketing HIV media campaigns.

PY1's mission is to increase precautionary awareness and individual responsibility with respect to HIV/AIDS through music, art, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (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.

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, November 29th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - World AIDS Day 2013 with PY1
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

Also, on December 1, 2013. PY1 invites you to join  “The Red Party” and celebrate togetherWorld AIDS Day withDJ Steele and a live performer with Adusay Imamuat Protect Yourself 1, Inc., (PY1) SL office (235, 165, 29) http://goo.gl/VARZL

Global Health Traveler Simulation for the November 22nd NonProfit Commons Meeting

Friday, November 22ndTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Rachel

¡Cuídate! Latino Youth Sex Ed Virtual Facilitator Training for the November 15th NonProfit Commons Meeting

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)

About ¡Cuídate!:

¡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

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL  

 

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

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org 

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. 

An Intro to Design Thinking for the November 8th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, November 8th, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature a discussion on design-based thinking and how it can be useful in understanding your project, members', or user's needs and developing insights to meet those needs.

 

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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, November 8th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL  

 

AGENDA (all times below PDT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central:
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation: An Intro to Design Thinking   
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org 

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. 

Spooky Tech Stories for the November 1st NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, November 1st, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature a discussion on some of the spookier sides of tech. from email spam, to data hacks, to software malware. In light of Halloween this week, come ready to share any scary security stories and costume dress is welcome. 

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, November 1st, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL  

 

AGENDA (all times below PDT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central: Overview of Second Life share to Facebook
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation: Spooky Tech Stories  
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org 

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. 

Developing Mobile Apps from Idea to Launch: Case Study for the October 25th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, October 25th, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting is happy to feature Anna Jaeger (Sage Qvetcher in Second Life), who will share best practices and lessons learned in the development process of Caravan Studios creating SafeNight and other apps.

Anna will go through how the app idea came about, what the process looked like for engaging the community, creating the design, partnering with for-profit companies and nonprofit developers, and launching in the marketplace. If your nonprofit, charity, or library is interested in creating your own app, join us to learn more about developing mobile apps. You'll come away with some key steps in the process, some best practices and pitfalls to avoid, and a look at the inside of creating an app for social good.

Bio:

Anna Jaeger, the CTO of Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup Global, and her team create technology solutions, such as mobile apps, that are designed in partnership with nonprofit and community-focused organizations to meet the needs of their constituents. Prior to her work on Caravan Studios, Ms. Jaeger was the director of TechSoup Global’s IT Engineering department for five years, leading the group that implemented and maintained all enterprise software and websites. Ms. Jaeger has previously held positions in IT consulting, medical research and has been the treasurer of the board for a small California nonprofit.

For updates from Caravan, go to http://caravanstudios.org/ and sign up for their newsletter at http://tinyletter.com/caravanstudios.

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, October 25th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL  

 

AGENDA (all times below PDT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Developing Mobile Apps from Idea to Launch: Case Study 
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org 

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. 

Baltimore GiveCamp 2013 and ‘Seminar Saturday’ for the October 18th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, October 18th, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting is happy to feature Sally S. Cherry (SarVana Haalan in SL), MT(ASCP) who will be discussing Baltimore GiveCamp (BGC); the event’s social media awareness campaign; and her upcoming Seminar Saturday presentation, “Nonprofit Capacity Building Through Social Media and Virtual Worlds. 

 

Baltimore GiveCamp is the largest volunteer technology event in the state of Maryland. The weekend-long charity hack-a-thon for local nonprofits is one of many annual “Coding for Charity” events held in the USA and various countries around the globe. It will be held from Friday, October 18th through Sunday, October 20th, 2013 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in Baltimore, Maryland (USA). This year, more than 230 technical and non-technical volunteers will be helping thirty (30) nonprofit organizations achieve their customized “wish list” technical projects.

 

In 2012, Baltimore GiveCamp was just another “nice” tech event for Sally until two real life colleagues extended an invitation to volunteer. In response, she volunteered as a project manager at Baltimore GiveCamp 2012 and immediately became a Baltimore GiveCamp advocate. As a Baltimore GiveCamp 2013 volunteer, Sally has been helping with the event’s social media awareness campaign. She will be one of nine speakers at the event’s annual ‘Seminar Saturday’, a series of one hour seminars pertaining to marketing, technology, capacity building, strategic planning, and the business of operating a nonprofit organization. ‘Seminar Saturday’ is free for any 501c3 nonprofit organization to attend on Saturday October 19, 2013.

 

In her Seminar Saturday presentation, Sally will be sharing information, case studies, and perspectives about various social media and virtual world platforms for building capacity within nonprofit organizations. The presentation is designed to provide a basic understanding of how social media and virtual world platforms can be used for community outreach, program promotion, cause awareness, networking, fundraising, and other activities. 

 

More on Baltimore GiveCamp

 

Bio: Sally S. Cherry, MT(ASCP)

As a laboratory/social media health consultant, Sally S. Cherry, MT(ASCP) is interested in the integration of social media and 3D virtual world platforms within real life and virtual-based programs and projects especially for nonprofits and public health. Over the years, Ms. Cherry's professional experience and interest in laboratory science has led to a diverse public health career as a laboratory coordinator (Baltimore City Health Department - Bureau of Disease Control), international medical consultant (JHPIEGO and Columbia University), national STI laboratory consultant/instructor (STI/HIV Prevention Training Center at Johns Hopkins sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC), HIV/AIDS project manager, and health communications advocate. Her interest in technology and social media fuel her mission to integrate social media and 3D virtual worlds technology into nonprofit and public health projects as well as providing social media capacity building, training, and marketing. In addition, Sally's mission fueled the development of an HIV/AIDS capacity building and awareness program, “Community HIV/AIDS Resource Exchange (CHARE) Project” as well as “Community Health Technology Awareness Resource Exchange (CHeTARE) Project”, a health technology capacity building, awareness and training program.

 

Recently, Sally presented on her virtual world-based CHARE Project community at the worldwide virtual OpenSimulator Community Conference (OSCC). She conducts "Real to Virtual; Virtual to Real" Workshops to provide a better understanding of 3D virtual worlds and to instruct how to integrate the technology into collaborative projects, outreach, marketing, networking, and other real life projects. She also runs capacity building program, training activities, and HIV/AIDS awareness project to various worlds created within Kitely.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, October 18th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL  

 

AGENDA (all times below PDT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Baltimore GiveCamp 2013 and ‘Seminar Saturday’ 
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

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. 

Using Storytelling in your Fundraising Messaging for the October 11th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, October 11th, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will explore ways to use storytelling within your organization or project fundraising message.

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, October 11th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL  

 

AGENDA (all times below PDT)

    •    8:30 am Introductions

    •    8:40 am TechSoup Announcements

    •    8:45 am Mentors Central 

 

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