Community Educators

Help spread the word!CEs tabling in the MUB

SHARPP’s Community Educators help spread the word about sexual assault prevention at UNH through a number of activities. Sometimes they literally “take it to the streets” by passing out lemonade or hot chocolate along with the message of consent or by helping with our annual rally & walk to end violence on campus. Community Educators will co-present educational programming to their peers on campus at Res Halls, Greek Chapters, Student Orgs and other groups. In addition they pass out information about our issues in the MUB or support our ongoing programming. In all cases, our Community Educators are a vital resource to help us spread the word about healthy relationships and sexual assault prevention at UNH.

Who is eligible to be a Community Educator?

All students in the UNH community with a passion and enthusiasm for social justice are eligible to be Community Educators.

What is the training process?

To become a Community Educator you must be certified through the Innovative with Education and Action amongst Peers (iLEAP) program. iLEAP is a comprehensive peer-to-peer training program for UNH students who are working with Health Services, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), and/SHARPP. The training for certification is thorough but participants will walk away with host of skills that will make them talented educator and effective leader on campus. iLEAP covers the topics of:

  • What is peer-to-peer education
  • Activism and advocacy
  • Listening and interpersonal skills
  • Presentation and facilitation skills
  • Responding to students in need and making appropriate referrals
  • Ethics and confidentiality
  • Privilege, oppression an identities, presented by OMSA
  • Safe Zones, presented by OMSA
  • Wellness - honoring your whole self, presented by Health Services 
  • Strategies for behavior change, presented by Health Services
  • Wildcats Get Consent, presented by SHARPP
  • SHARPP 101, presented by SHARPP
  • Taking care of yourself, presented by Health Services

When will trainings be held?

Training to be a SHARPP Community Educator only occurs during the Fall Semester.

The next SHARPP Community Educator Training will be held in the FALL of 2017. All applicants must complete an informal meeting with the Education and Outreach Coordinator before registering for the iLEAP training. Contact Maggie Wells at maggie.wells@unh.edu for more details.

What is the time commitment?

After completion of training, students can expect to commit to volunteering for at least 12 SHARPP events. Events include tabling in the MUB, Lemonade Stand, Annual Events, presenting programs around campus and many more opportunities! Events tend to run on average from 1 to 1.5 hours.

What is expected of me after training?

In addition to 12 event shifts per semester, Community Educators are asked to:

  • Commit to SHARPP for a minimum of 2 semesters
  • Complete 6 hours of professional development training each academic year. Professional development training can include academic classes, MUB Lecture Series, SHARPP trainings or other training opportunities offered on and off campus
  • Attend all Community Educator monthly meetings that are offered during the academic year
  • Attend the September, SHARPP Open House and April, Anti-Violence Rally & Walk

What skills will I learn by being a Community Educator?

There are many benefits to being a Community Educator, including:

  • Valuable work experience and skill development
  • Opportunity to make a difference in your community
  • Gain public speaking skills
  • Valuable contacts with the community and campus
  • Active engagement in social justice
  • Meet new people and have FUN!

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