Peer Education

pictures of peer educatorsPeer Education supports UNH’s academic mission by providing students with opportunities to design and implement health promotion activities – for peers by peers – on campus. Peer education helps students make lifestyle choices that support academic success and enhance personal wellness.

At UNH, peer educators help implement:

  • Educational programs for classrooms, residence halls and student organizations
  • Special events such as Eating Concerns Awareness Week, Body Positivity Week,  Fresh Check Day, Fierce & Fabulous Women’s Expo and National Nutrition Month Expo
  • Outreach activities at homecoming, concerts and other campus events
  • Educational tables around campus
  • Social media and social marketing campaigns
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring

Be a Peer Educator

All UNH students who have an interest in wellness and helping others are eligible to become a Health Services peer educator. Peer educators are supervised by Wellness Educator/Counselors and/or a Nutrition Educator/Counselor.

We offer three unique peer education groups:

Training

Students who are selected to be Health Services peer educator are required to complete iLEAP, a certified Peer Educator Training. This training is provided in conjunction with Health Services, SHARPP (Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program) and OMSA (Office of Multicultural Student Affairs). At the end of the training, participants will be certified as a peer educator and have enhanced skills and knowledge to implement health promotion campaigns to peers at UNH.

Peer educators gain skills in:

  • Development, implementation and assessment of health promotion practices
  • Oral communication skills, including group facilitation and public speaking
  • Interpersonal skills based on compassion and empathy for helping others
  • Creative problem solving strategies, including helping peers understand behavior change and developing attainable action plans
  • Leadership skills, including helping other peer educators stay motivated to meet the program’s goals
  • Culturally competent programming and outreach
  • Creating community change through education, support and advocacy
  • Marketing and communications skills, including social media and social marketing

Peer educators gain expertise in the Health Services Wellness Wheel:

  • Emotional wellness
  • Social wellness
  • Physical wellness
  • Spiritual wellness
  • Environmental wellness
  • Occupational wellness
  • Intellectual wellness
  • Financial wellness

Benefits

  • Certification as a UNH Peer Educator
  • Skills to build your resume
  • Opportunities to network with variety of professionals and students
  • Become a part of the Health Services team
  • Welcome gift bag after completing the training certification 
  • Knowledge to enhance your own personal health and wellness
  • Opportunities to be creative and have FUN!

Expectations

  • Commit to being a UNH Peer Educator for 4 semesters (i.e., fall 2016, spring 2017, fall 2017, spring 2017)
  • Complete the Certified Peer Education Training
  • Work collaboratively with Health Services staff and other peer education groups
  • Signed agreement to be a part of the Health Services team
  • Weekly time commitment (approximately 3 hrs/week)
    • Weekly meeting (1 hr/week)
    • Participation on sub-committee (1 hr/week)
    • Implementation of health promotion activities (1 hr/week)
  • Monthly time commitment
    • Monthly training on health-specific topics (1 hr/month)
    • Attend UNH Health Services events as a peer educator (1/month)

Apply

  • Students from ALL colleges and majors are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants can only apply for one peer education position: Wellness Ambassador, Nourish, or Eating Concern Mentors.
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