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 VIHA’s P.A.R.T.Y. Program
The P.A.R.T.Y. Program is offered to grade 10 students at 10 sites across VIHA, who tour the hospital to 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 behaviors 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.
P.A.R.T.Y. Program Outline
Parent guide handout 2013
P.A.R.T.Y. Program Sites (2013-2014)
Island Wide P.A.R.T.Y. Schedule
Interested in Volunteering?
Volunteer Position Outline
Help Support P.A.R.T.Y.
The P.A.R.T.Y. Program is run entirely by volunteers and is not possible without our sponsors and program partners:
Interested in Donating?
Questions? Please Contact:
Lorna Bennett, Injury Prevention Consultant (South Island), 250.727.4534, PARTY_SI@viha.ca
Amelia Smit, Injury Prevention Consultant (Central/North Island), Office: 250.755.7691 x52412, PARTY_CINI@viha.ca
Jackie Beaulieu, Regional Trauma Care Coordinator, 250.727.4535, email@example.com
Julie Petrat, Administrative Assistant, 250.727.4536, firstname.lastname@example.org