Patrick 4 Life – Partici-Patrick Program

What’s Patrick 4 Life?

Patrick 4 Life (P4L) AIDS Awareness and Education was a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating youth about HIV and AIDS.
P4L created, and through Partici-Patrick continues to create, awareness about HIV and AIDS through education, leadership, fund-raising and partnerships.
The purpose is to provide and facilitate the development and implementation of educational programs and activities designed to equip youth with the skills and knowledge they need to make healthy life-style choices.

About the Partici-Patrick Program

Partici-Patrick is an activity-based curriculum program encompassing daily physical activity, character education and HIV and AIDS awareness.  It is taught in elementary schools to students from grades 3 to 8.

It teaches values which will equip students to make healthy life-style choices.  The outcomes of the program promote among students an increase in self-esteem and self-confidence.

Patrick 4 Life believes that this multifaceted program is a fun and unique way for students to become aware of the strength which they have within and how using it, can help prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Program Characteristics

Throughout a six-week period students from grades 3 to 8 use the daily physical activity time (DPA),  mandated by the Ontario Ministry of Education, to achieve a 22.5K marathon. This can be achieved by either walking or running. During this period the students maintain a scorecard in which they record their daily achievement.  Related to this physical activity, a classroom lesson is conducted to demonstrate the values which can be achieved by participation in the run/walk and how they apply to the regular daily curriculum activity.  Partici-Patrick is program designed to integrate with the school’s regular curriculum. Some of the values include: courage, tolerance for diversity, acceptance, self-discipline, unity and compassion.

The program culminates in a day of celebration known as the “Day of Champions”.  All students convene and complete the last leg (2.2K) of their marathon.  All students are awarded with a marathon medal and a red Partici-Patrick shirt to highlight their efforts.  Secondary school students lead and monitor a full day of games, activities and entertainment.

“The main attitudes toward fitness, self-perception, knowledge, and character development all culminated to ‘self-awareness’. I noticed that students became more perceptive of HIV/AIDS and the very real fact that it can happen here and now in our own country, as opposed to only existing in Africa, which is far away and hard to relate to.” – A Teacher on Partici-Patrick


The P4L curriculum is designed to be integrated into the regular Ministry of Education approved curriculum. Curriculum Learning Activities have been developed for grades 3 to 8.  Curriculum units for grades 3, 7 and 8 are new and have been recently implemented over the course of the past 2 years!  This curricula is developed by volunteer practicing teachers from the local district school boards.

The expectations for these units complement those identified in the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum guidelines and therefore promote easy integration.

The learning activities focus on knowledge about HIV and AIDS, skill development as it applies to building relationships, attitudes reflecting the values embedded in the curriculum and behaviours that contribute to a balanced and fully developed life-style.

Curriculum and Resources 


The Partici-Patrick program is a unique partnership between all area school boards (French Public, French Catholic, English Public, English Catholic and the Nbissing Secondary School) and is endorsed by their respective Directors of Education. It clearly demonstrates their commitment to on-going communication, education and HIV and AIDS awareness.

Financial assistance is available to teachers and/or school boards who wish to participate in Partici-Patrick. Please click “Apply for a Grant” above to request funds.

In addition to the link above, interested teachers can access the curriculum at the following websites:

Near North School Board

Nipissing-Parry Sound District School Board

Conseil Scolaire Public Nord-Est

Conseil Scolaire Franco-Nord

North Bay Aids Committee


Near North District School Board

Conseil Scolaire Catholique Franco-Nord