Program purpose 

This is the only program of its kind that incorporates all of the senses and offers every participant the same experience.

The P.A.R.T.Y. program offers high school freshman and sophomore students the opportunity to come and observe the path of an injury survivor from pre-hospital care through rehabilitation.  They meet professionals that would care for them in a trauma situation. Paramedics, Emergency Physicians, Nurses and Therapists describe the painful journey of a trauma patient.  Facts are presented about head and spinal cord injury and the students have hands-on experience with the equipment used in trauma care and rehabilitation.

The most powerful part of the day is the injury survivor presentation. Young people talk frankly about their injuries, the events that lead to the injury and how drastically different their lives are now. Students have the opportunity to ask questions and are able to gain a better understanding of what someone goes through when injured and how the injury impacted their life, as well as their family. This discussion leaves a lasting impression that we know will help teens make smarter choices at critical times.

It is not enough to offer a film or activity that only a few participate in. Interactive, hands on activities need to be available so that students see, feel, hear, smell, touch and experience the program and learn about the fatal and life changing results their actions, choices and behaviors could lead to.