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Top 10 Reasons Why Second Life is Worthwhile for Nonprofits

This recent Second Life scandal has some nonprofit board members concerned about the value for nonprofits using Second Life. Much like the Web, Second Life also has some seedy people out there. But as many nonprofits can attest, the ever-growing community of amazing avatars working for good far outweighs the few "bad apples" or rather "bad avatars."

Here's a list of 10 reasons why Second Life is worthwhile for your nonprofit:

Oleander Health Fair raises dollars and awareness

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This past Wed. Nov. 7th, Oleander Island was host to the Womens' Health Fair/Expo. This event sought to educate women on the health issues that concern them in their everyday lives, share ideas, and talk to professionals in the field. In addition, the health fair helped raise linden dollars for the organization, Drive By Agony/Life Learning programs, a non-profit organization that helps victims of crime.

What are Kids learning in Virtual Worlds?

Is your nonprofit considering doing an educational program in Virtual Worlds? Then you won't want to miss this event.

Need to Help Some Newbies Get Started in Second Life?

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Check out this excellent slide show from Jeremy Kemp.

Global Kids Open House and Non-profit Career Fair tomorrow in SL

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My friends at Global Kids, a New York City based youth empowerment non-profit organization, will be holding an open house and non-profit career fair tomorrow (November 9) within Second Life. This is part of their job search to fill a number of positions within their Online Leadership Program (OLP). Come by from 1-2PM PST to the Global Kids offices on the main grid at the NMC campus sim Teaching (teleport SLURL.) OLP Director Barry Joseph (pictured here) will be speaking on Global Kids programs and Teen Second Life.

These are really cool jobs with a great organization that is on the cutting-edge of virtual technology and education. Additional information about available positions can be found at http://globalkids.org/?id=73. The application deadline is November 15, so get that resume polished!

Women's Health Fair on Oleander Island today in SL

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Today at Oleander Island (click here to teleport), come to the Second Life Women's Health Fair, where medical professionals will speak on important health issues affecting women including cancer, heart ailments, and PCOS -- a hidden womens health problem. There will also be a silent auction, with proceeds going to the organization Drive By Agony/Life Learning programs, which assists victims of crime, teaches young people violence prevention methods for everyday life. From 8 am - 1 pm PST.

SLNN Profiles the American Cancer Society

The SLNN has a nice write-up about the American Cancer Society's activities in Second Life beyond the Relay for Life. It's a good summary of how an effective real world non-profit is learning now to leverage Second Life's strengths to reach their target audience and promote their cause. RC Moss of the ACS noted that, "Anyone who will be a success in SL has to understand SL the culture, the technology. Know what you as an NGO want to get out of your SL experience." Moss explained, "I always look to our RL success and imagine new ways to transfer programs and mission delivery into SL."

Read the whole article here.

Barry Joseph Talks About Global Kids at NPC Meeting Today!


The highlight of today's meeting was Barry Joseph who gave a high energy chat about his work at Global Kids. Here's some of the transcript:

Global Kids is a NYC base educational org we work with tens around the city to develop the skills around global issues 8 years ago I founded out Online Leadership program

Two-day Benefit for Africa November 4-5 at Africa Sim

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From November 4-5, there will be a two-day Fundraiser to Fight AIDS and Poverty in Africa The event will feature several musical acts, a huge art exhibit and silent auction. All donations and proceeds will go to the ONE Campaign and other charities. At Africa (click here to teleport.)

Residents of Second Life Stood Up against poverty

Over 38.8 million people, in 110 countries participated in this years Stand Up and Speak Out event, a global initiative launched by the United Nations Millennium Campaign, to show support for the UN Millennium Development goals and against poverty. We joined them in their call by organising a Stand Up Against Poverty event in the virtual world Second Life.

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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