What is PARTY?
The Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (PARTY) Program is a 1-day, in-hospital, injury awareness and prevention program for youth ages 13 and older. Developed in 1986 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, this program is a vital component of the growing community effort to reduce death and injury in alcohol, drug, and risk-related crashes and incidents.
Program Goals The goal of PARTY is to provide young people with information about trauma that will enable them to recognize potential injury-producing situations, make prevention-oriented choices, and adopt behaviors that minimize unnecessary risk. Students follow the course of injury from occurrence, through transport, treatment, rehabilitation, and community re-integration.
The program concludes with a challenge to the participants to become individually and collectively committed to promoting behaviors and activities that minimize the risk of injury. Students report that the experience is "eye-opening and positive," and "a must for all young people."
Local & Global PARTY Participation
Currently, there are 75 PARTY programs worldwide. The Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association has recently taken the program under its wings; however, this program has been operating 13 years in Hinton. It is the partnerships, and especially all the volunteers, that help make this program successful.
While most aspects of each PARTY program are the same, individual operators vary the programming according to medical availability, staffing, and budgetary constraints. However, the goal in each program is the same - giving the youth a more hands-on visual, mental, and emotional impact to raise awareness about the outcomes of risk-related actions.