SHARPP’s Community Educators (CEs) help spread the word about interpersonal violence (IPV) prevention at UNH. CEs support the SHARPP prevention education and outreach team through tabling, staffing events, facilitating educational programming for students, and running interactive activities for the UNH community. CEs focus on educating their peers on the topics of consent, healthy relationships, rape culture, bystander intervention, IPV, and more!
Who is eligible to be a Community Educator?
All UNH undergraduate and graduate students with a passion and enthusiasm for violence prevention education, social justice, and awareness-raising are eligible to become Community Educators.
What is the training process?
To become a Community Educator, you will be trained by SHARPP staff through the SHARPP Leaders Institute on some of the below topics:
- SHARPP services and resources
- Consent, healthy relationships, rape culture, and bystander intervention
- Peer-to-peer education
- Presentation and facilitation skills
- Dynamics of privilege and oppression
When will the training be held?
SHARPP holds Community Educator trainings annually during the fall semester! Additional spring training opportunities may be offered depending on community interest and staff capacity.
What is the time commitment?
After completion of the SHARPP Leaders Institute training, students will meet with SHARPP's Outreach & Training Coordinator and Prevention Specialist to finish the rest of their CE training. Students can expect to commit to volunteering for six SHARPP events/initiatives per semester. These could include tabling, working our annual events (Take Back the Night, Anti-Violence Rally & Walk, open house), or facilitating prevention programs around campus. There are numerous ways to fulfill this commitment and SHARPP staff work with CEs individually to create a volunteer experience that works best for them!
What is expected of me after training?
In addition to the 6 volunteer shifts per semester, Community Educators are asked to:
- Commit to SHARPP for a minimum of 2 semesters
- Attend monthly Community Educator meetings throughout the academic year
- Complete 6 hours of professional development engagements per academic year
- Attend the September SHARPP Open House and the April Anti-Violence Rally & Walk
What skills will I learn by being a Community Educator?
There are many benefits to becoming a Community Educator, including:
- Gaining more knowledge of IPV issues and violence prevention strategies
- Increasing your comfort-level in discussing these topics and public speaking
- Opportunity to make a difference in your community
- Active engagement in social justice
- Valuable connections with fellow students who share the same passion as you do around this work
This training does not allow for confidential advocacy under NH RSA 173-C.