In the upcoming weeks, grade 9 and 10 students from Humboldt and area will attend the P.A.R.T.Y Program (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth), hosted by Safe Communities Humboldt. 

The program,  explained by Safe Communities Humboldt, is an interactive injury prevention and health promotion program for teenagers and educates them about the consequences of risk-taking behaviours. 

The P.A.R.T.Y program will take place at HCI Wednesday, May 4. Englefeld, Lanigan, Middle Lake, and Watson will attend Wednesday, May 11.

The program is a full-day session for around 100 Grade 9-10 students. The majority of the event takes place at the Humboldt Uniplex, alongside other local resources and facilities. 

Safe Communities explained in a release that students will follow the paths of injury survivors and meet with professionals involved in a trauma situation. Paramedics and Firefighters, RCMP, Therapists, Emergency Room Nurses, and Social Workers will help students experience the impact on a trauma patient’s physical and mental health along their journey to recovery. 

Students will have hands-on experience with the equipment used in trauma care and rehabilitation. 

Students will also witness a mock crash scene and visit a local funeral home to hear stories from a local coroner. 

During lunch, students experience what it is like to live with a disability through a simulation. Safe Communities Humboldt stated, “This exercise is intended to provide some difficulty to students as they eat and to remind students that such simple tasks are often taken for granted.”

The day will end with injury survivors talking to students about their own experiences, and what life is like after the injury.