Student Life

Student Outreach & Support: WADE (Wellness, Alcohol & Drug Education)

Peer Educators

 

Peer Education at SJU

The Peer Educators are a diverse group of student leaders, trained through the Wellness, Alcohol & Drug Education (WADE) program and inspired by the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis (care of the whole person).  Peer Educators empower others to make positive decisions in order to live healthy lifestyles, by providing a judgment-free environment through collaborative wellness-based educational initiatives to create an informed community. 

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"I joined the Peer Educators because I was looking for a group of students that were passionate about educating others about wellness issues. I have been a member for over two years because it is a great support system and an amazing organization to be a part of!" - Vincenza Bartholomew, Peer Educator, Class of 2016

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"Freshman year, I joined Peer Educators in hopes to continue bystander intervention training for my peers from high school.  What I found was better than I could have expected! I have made great friends, have learned about many wellness topics, and have had wonderful discussions about new topics and planning events on campus." - Kayla Carroll, Peer Educator, Class of 2016

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Peer Educators provide the following services for the SJU campus community in an effort to reduce high risk behavior:

  • Workshops for student groups or classes covering the intersection of alcohol and drug issues as they relate to the wellness wheel: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, professional, social and financial wellness.  These workshops are interactive and engaging and focus on bystander intervention or how to help a friend in need.
    • Request a Workshop Here
  • Awareness Campaigns to educate the campus such as Natural High tabling activity, The Fine Line Between Abuse and Addiction display
  • Educational Events in collaboration with other students organizations or departments such as Addiction Speak Out, Wellness Fair, Love Your Body Fair and Black Out Day.
    • To collaborate on an event or program, email SJUPeerEds@gmail.com or stop in their office in Campion 215C.
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Peer Educators are highly trained student leaders and are examples of healthy behavior.  They have fun with their peers and enjoy helping others in their community to realize a satisfying and productive lifestyle.  By joining Peer Educators, you will gain skills that will transfer into any professional setting.

Here is what you can expect to gain from joining Peer Educators:

  • Training and knowledge related to wellness, alcohol and other drug education
  • Opportunities to network and collaborate with other campus offices and student groups
  • Public speaking skills through facilitating workshops to groups or in classrooms
  • Experience in planning, coordinating and implementing small and large scale events
  • Leadership skills including written and verbal communication and team work
  • Community outreach, community service and campus involvement
  • Friends and an SJU family that will support you!

 

Apply to be a Peer Educator Today!  CLICK HERE

After an application is received, the Peer Education Advisor will reach out to set up an interview.  After an interview, you are welcome to join the group as a Peer Educator In-Training.  Peer Educators In-Training are expected to attend all meetings and help plan and implement educational and awareness events. 

A 10-hour Fall Training is critical to the position and is mandatory for all Peer Educators.  After undergoing training, you will become a Peer Educator and be able to faciliatate workshops, run for an Executive Board position and chair a Committee as well as plan and implement events. 

Ongoing education and training is important and is required for all Peer Educators.  Any training missed will result in reverting back to a Peer Educator In-Training until the next training is attended thus losing any leadership position and the ability to facilitate workshops.   

Want more information on Peer Education?  SJU Peer Educator Position Description

 

Request a Workshop from Peer Educators: CLICK HERE