Apply to be the Wellness Peer Mentor!
SW&HP is now recruiting for a Peer Mentor to work with our Wellness Community in 2013-2014. Learn more & apply at http://goo.gl/9sO24. Get involved in planning exciting events & workshops, connect students to campus resources, and help first year students learn to live a healthy lifestyle on campus. You will gain leadership skills, work closely with Residence Life and Student Wellness staff, and help other students achieve their health & wellness goals. (Ignore the posted deadline! Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.)
Expectations of Pow! Peer Educators
Peer educators meet weekly. The exact weeknight and time depends upon members' schedules. We determine the meeting night at the beginning of each new semester. Typically we have a one-hour-long meeting per week, or a two-hour meeting every other week, again depending on the needs. This is decided by the group each semester. Regular meetings are mandatory, within certain limits, so that the group can remain cohesive. If a peer educator misses many meetings, he/she is usually considered inactive for that semester. Infrequently smaller groups will meet bi-weekly to make plans and work on ideas in addition to the regular meetings. Meetings include dinner. There is a welcome-back meeting every fall and an end-of-the-year awards banquet every spring.
Training is always mandatory for new members, but experienced peer mentors are welcome to come and be cross-trained in a new health topic area, and are called on to help out with certain aspects of training every spring. Training is usually held at the student centers. Training dates and times vary every spring. See the Training Information page for this year's dates and times.
There are two functioning topic groups in which peers are trained: human sexuality, which includes all aspects of sexuality; and eating disorders, which includes fitness and nutritional concepts. Additionally, all peer educators are trained in general helping skills, programming skills, and making referrals to appropriate on-campus and off-campus resources. All are trained in methods of stress management, massage, and tobacco cessation. As a group, we are exploring complimentary health or alternative health concepts.
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