Working together, Patrick 4 Life and the following organizations are dedicated to educating youth about preventing HIV and AIDS.
The strength of Patrick 4 Life is in its partnerships. All of its initiatives are implemented in concert with participating school boards, the district health unit, the aboriginal community, the local AIDS Committee, parents, teachers and volunteers. All levels of government support our programs and initiatives. Local members of parliament, provincial and federal have been active in assisting Patrick 4 Life with many projects.
As with the other district school boards, the Near North District School Board supports Patrick 4 Life. Since 2006 approximately 5600 students from the Near North District School Board have participated in the elementary school education program recognized as Partici-Patrick. The board’s contribution to Patrick 4 Life extends to the provision of volunteer teachers to develop curriculum for students from Grades 3 to 8. It also cooperates in all research activities initiated by Patrick 4 Life permitting students, parents and teachers to participate.
The Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board is engages with Patrick 4 Life. Together they provide teacher training programs to support teachers with the implementation of the Partici-Patrick program. The goal of these programs is three-fold: to become familiar with the content of the document, “AIDS: A Catholic Education Approach to HIV; to develop a deeper understanding of Catholic moral teaching and the Christian response to HIV and AIDS; and to plan for the integration of these lessons with Family Life and Religious Education programs.
Le Conseil scolaire catholique Franco Nord a integre dans son curriculum l’enseignement sur le VIH et le SIDA. Le personel enseignant a recu les trousses et la formation a ce sujet. De plus, etant un conseil scolaire catholique, nous preconisons les enseignements de l’Eglise an lien avec le VIH and le Sida
Le Conseil scolaire publid du Nord-Est de l’Ontario (CSPNE) est fier, encore cette annee, d’etre un partenaire actif a l’organisme Patrick pour la Vie. Grace a cet organisme d’envergure, nos eleves ont l’occasion d’etre sensibilisees aux phenomenes du VIH et du SIDA. C’est en discutant ouvertement de sujets quelques fois delicats que nos eleves deiendront mieux informes et pourront ainsi faire des choiz de vie sains. Ensemble, nous reussirons a realizer le reve de Patrick: 0 SIDA!
The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is an active partner with Patrick 4 Life. Its contribution includes the provision of human resources to assist in the implementation of the Day of Champions, to help in the planning of the Partici-Patrick program, to contribute to the planning of community programs, and to provide counsel on research projects. It also has contributed financially to support the development of print resources used to support Patrick 4 Life’s education programs. At the governance level, the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit has a representative who sits on the Patrick 4 Life Board of Directors.
The AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area has actively supported Patrick 4 Life since its inception. It provides human resources support by having its executive Director act as a member of the Patrick 4 Life Board of Director; she also plays a significant role in guiding research projects undertaken by Patrick 4 Life. In addition it provides educational resources at events implemented by Youth 4 Youth, a committee of secondary school students who promotes awareness activities to educate youth about HIV and AIDS.
Patrick 4 Life values the contribution of its Nipissing First Nation partner. Included in its vision that every child in every classroom in Ontario will experience an HIV and AIDS are First Nation students who attend school in on-reserve and non-reserve locations. A Nipissing First Nation representative contributes to the governance of Patrick 4 Life. It also provides resources for its “Day of Champions” which represent the traditions and culture of Nipissing First Nation. It also provides resources to assist with research activities which measure the impact of the Partici-Patrick program.
The North Bay Business Community
A representative from the North Bay Business Community plays a leadership role in the administration of Patrick 4 Life. The business community also supports activities such as the P4L Family Run Walk to provide Patrick 4 Life with the financial resources which it requires to expand its program throughout the province.