Prevent Alcohol & Risk Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.)

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The P.A.R.T.Y. Program is being delivered VIRTUALLY for 2021/22.  

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The P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth) Program is a dynamic, interactive injury prevention program for teenagers.

P.A.R.T.Y. was developed in 1986 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario through a request from a group of youth.

As of June 2012, there are over 100 sites around the world, seventy-two if which are operating in Canada, with the remainder of the sites in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Japan and Germany.

About the Island Health P.A.R.T.Y. Program

The P.A.R.T.Y. Program is offered to high school students across the Island Health region, who learn about real life physical trauma from those who witness it first-hand. 

The students meet volunteers from various health care and related professions (such as BCAS and RCMP) and crash survivors as they experience the pathway of a seriously injured patient, from the crash site through to rehabilitation.

This reality education provides information to young people that will enable the participants to recognize potential injury producing situations, to make informed choices and to adopt behaviours that minimize injury risk. The purpose of the program is to educate teens about what is safe, taking personal responsibility, and making smart choices. 

Students learn that crashes are not accidents and that traumatic injury can be prevented.  They learn the consequences of not wearing a seat belt, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, and distracted driving—consequences such as permanent brain or spinal cord injury, burns, paralysis and death.

School Resources

Volunteer Opportunities:

The P.A.R.T.Y. Program is always looking for passionate, energetic volunteers to add to our team! 

Please contact Amelia Smit (see below) for more information.

Sponsors:

Program Partners:

Interested in Donating?

The P.A.R.T.Y. Program is funded through the generous support of businesses, schools, communities, and individuals.

Please contact Amelia Smit (see below) if you are interested in making a donation or becoming a partner to the P.A.R.T.Y. Program.

General Information on Prevent Alcohol & Risk Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.)

Referral Required?
Not required
Contact Us
Amelia Smit - Injury & Violence Prevention Consultant

250-415-7343
PARTY_SI@islandhealth.ca
PARTY_CINI@islandhealth.ca

Jackie Demmy - Regional Trauma Services Manager

778-677-5920
jaquelynne.demmy@islandhealth.ca

Julie Malone - Administrative Assistant, Trauma Services

250-727-4536
julie.malone@islandhealth.ca

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