WHO WE ARE
Protect Yourself1 (PY1) is a registered 501(c) 3 Not for Profit in the United States. It’s program, Project Arrowhead, uses the wild horse (Mustang) to engage youth especially those living in high-risk areas where HIV and related diseases infection rates are alarming. The interaction with horses provides basic life skills including self-esteem, self-control, self-awareness, assertiveness and problem solving. Participants are able to apply those skills to their lives in the context of health and to specific issues like resolving conflicts. Through the Project Arrowhead program, Mustangs can become useful and therefore protected, and youth can be guided towards taking positive action to protect themselves and live a productive, successful, and healthy life. Exploitation of the environment has lead 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 the issues, we are committed to developing and sharing specific actions to: Protect Your Life, Protect Wild Life and Protect our Planet.
To provide disadvantaged youth in Mongolia and in the United States with a cross cultural experience which will connect them to the history of humanity and show them their options to make different choices with regard to their future. A close connection with the land will enable them not only to experience wilderness in Mongolia but also to be exposed on a regular basis to horse culture and the history of horse culture in America for the months leading up to the trip. The project will deliver the overall message of personal and social responsibility that increases positive health behavioral change among youth, propose sustainable actions to protect the planet and develop Wild Horses preservation.
In the United States, Protect Yourself1 will select 6 Baltimore area, inner city youth, to be introduced to horse husbandry and horseback riding at the PY1 Headquarters, in Parkton, MD. Youth will be trained by PY1’s Founder, Jean Albert Renaud/JAR, during a period of 6 months. They will be ready to meet Mongolian youth, ride horses, discover, exchange culture, in Ulaanbaatar. In Mongolia, the Maryland youth will be visiting the Ulaanchuluut garbage dump and the families with children that live there. Later on they will spend time with different nomadic herder families in the countryside and experience Mongolian horsemanship, culture and an ecologically friendly life.