PARTY Time Gets Serious
CN awarded a $10,000 grant to support the sustainability of the Kingston P.A.R.T.Y. Program.
Kingston: Partners for a Safe Community (KPSC) and Kingston General Hospital (KGH) in collaboration with their injury prevention partners, launched the P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) Program on October 30, 2013 at KGH.
After a successful launch in 2013, the Kingston P.A.R.T.Y. Program approached various funding agencies in order to sustain the program in its second year of existence. CN generously awarded a $10,000 grant through its community investment program, the CN Stronger Communities Fund to sustain the program into 2014/2015.
In the 2013/2014 school year eight (8) schools experienced P.A.R.T.Y., an injury prevention and youth education program aimed at helping students recognize potential injury producing situations and to think critically about traumatic outcomes resulting from poor personal decisions.
During this full-day program, students visit the Emergency Department at KGH to see the process that individuals go through when rushed to the emergency room following an alcohol-related motor vehicle collision. Students also visit the morgue which allows them to see what family members experience during the identification process.
Lectures, videos, simulated trauma resuscitation and interaction with injury survivors provide students with an opportunity to learn from the traumatic experience of those that have suffered serious injury, while gaining tools to help them make prevention-oriented choices and adopt behaviours that minimize unnecessary risk. Students are encouraged to think: “What if this happened to me?”