P.A.R.T.Y. story links

School bulletin: Whole Foods helps PARTY
Online article published in the Roseville & Granite Bay Press Tribune
October 15, 2012

Whole Foods Market in Roseville is helping PARTY programs keep the roads safer for walkers, runners, cyclers, drivers and passengers by choosing the group as a recipient of its Nickels for Nonprofits donations through Jan. 20. Customers can contribute by donating the nickel given for each reusable bag used now through January to the program. Read more »

Expanding the PARTY
Press realease posted on villagelife.com
August 23, 2012

It's a good thing. Really.
PARTY stands for Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth. It's a reality education program offered to high school students, generally in their freshman or sophomore year, through their health course... Read more »

Nickels For Non-Profits At Whole Foods Teams With P.A.R.T.Y.
Press realease, as seen in the March 2012 issue of Zoom

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KCRA Channel 3
December 18, 2010
Chris Riva

Chris Riva interviews Kathi Sturgeon and Kathy Hurd who were hit by a drunk 19 year old while cycling on a Wednesday at 10am.  The two are now helping the P.A.R.T.Y. program teach teens the fatal and life changing risks of distracted driving and many more risky teen behaviors.  The program was started 25 years ago in Canada and has grown to over 100 programs there.  These ladies are on a mission to expand throughout CA and our country.

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The Sacramento Bee
November  6, 2010
Carlos Alcala

Kathy Hurd and Kathi Sturgeon, members of the women's Bodacious Biking Babes team, were riding in El Dorado Hills in 2008, when a drunk 19-year-old driver ran them down at 10 a.m. Sturgeon suffered severe brain damage. Hurd's back was broken. The driver, Brandi Thomas, went to jail for a year.

Sturgeon and Hurd are back together – off the road.
They're pioneering a program that is new to the Sacramento area and, research evidence shows, can help prevent teen driver crashes.

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Village Life newspaper
November 10, 2010
Mike Roberts

Crash victims Kathi Sturgeon and Kathy Hurd “P.A.R.T.Y.ed” with Vista High School sophomores Friday. But this party at Folsom’s Mercy Hospital didn’t include balloons and music; it replaced the fun with drama and serious life lessons.

The Bodacious Biking Babe cyclists of El Dorado Hills took the Folsom students through the “Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth” interactive program that uses role playing and activities to drive home the tragic consequences of risky behaviors. Unlike the similarly themed “Every 15 minutes” program, in which high school seniors act out a grisly auto accident, PARTY addresses a wider range of risks, focuses on consequences, and importantly, targets sophomores.

“Our goal is to reach them before they start driving,” said Program Director Johanna Cunningham. “At this age, their decision-making skills are still developing.
“It’s about teaching kids that they’re not invincible, and that when they take risks, they’re often putting others in danger as well,” she added.

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Serrano Magazine
Winter 2010-2011
Kristin Conner

PREVENT ALCOHOL AND RISK-RELATED TRAUMA IN YOUTH (P.A.R.T.Y.) was co-founded in 2007 by CEO Johanna Cunningham and Program Director Vicky Fitzgerald. Cunningham, a leadership and management training professional and Fitzgerald, a former day-care operator, community volunteer and stay-at-home mom of three, first met while participating in Lakeside Church’s Bible study group. The two wanted to do something for area youth to increase awareness about the dangers and consequences of risky behavior. Fitzgerald had heard about a 25-year program in Canada that addressed such a concern, so off to Canada she went to learn more about it. There she discovered a very successful and community-supported program being conducted at 100 sites throughout the country.

It didn’t take long for these local chapter P.A.R.T.Y. founders to purchase the rights and launch the program in three counties – El Dorado, Placer and Sacramento. This area program is just one of three in the entire United States (the other two chapters are located in Wisconsin and Colorado).

What is P.A.R.T.Y.?

Its mission is simple: "To promote injury prevention through reality
education, enabling youth to recognize risk and make informed choices about
activities and behaviors."

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Style Magazine
February 2010 
Jenn Thornton

Youth is a great deceiver; an unending well of invincibility for young people who envision a future filled with nothing but time.

But, injuries among adolescents and teenagers resulting from high-risk behaviors is a stark reminder that passion has a price. Oftentimes, it is entirely too high to bear.
Bringing awareness to the rise of high-risk injuries among area youth is the Folsom affiliate of the national nonprofit, P.A.R.T.Y., which stands for Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth. The primary mission of this local chapter – the first-ever in California and the third in the nation – according to CEO, Johanna M. Cunningham, is: “To promote injury prevention through reality education, enabling youth to recognize risk and make informed choices about activities and behaviors.”

Putting this goal into practice is incredibly challenging for many reasons, not the least of which is that, for youth, short-term thrills are far more luring than long-term consequences such as brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as other preventable traumas. Mix in sideline realities such as peer pressure, slick marketing campaigns and irresponsible role modeling, and youth are faced with several factors that threaten to impair their judgment beyond alcohol and drugs.
Keeping this in mind, the P.A.R.T.Y. program is composed of highly affective activities designed to dispel well-entrenched myths about adolescent and teenage invincibility.

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Press Releases

Stay tuned for access to the most up to date press release announcements from P.A.R.TY. as we get  more press attention with our expansion.

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Industry news

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Public Education Campaign

Stay tuned to view our print PSAs and listen to our radio spots as part of  P.A.R.T.Y.’s  “Save Our Teens” campaign takes shape. 

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