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Thinking about becoming a Peer Educator

Erica Maxwell
Guest Writer

Have you ever wanted to help educate your peers on nutrition, fitness, body image, sexual awareness, drugs and alcohol, sexual violence or mental health? The Center for Health Education and Promotion is currently hiring Peer Educators to begin this semester on a volunteer basis starting in March. In August, the position would turn into a paid one. Being a Peer Educator is a way for students to interact with others on campus and teach peers great tips for a healthy life. There are five groups you could be a part of: Nutrition Physical Activity and Body Image, Sexual Violence, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Mental Health, and Sexual Responsibility and Healthy Relationships.

Peer Educators inform others about nutrition, body image, sexual awareness, drugs and alcohol and mental health.
Peer Educators inform others about nutrition, body image, sexual awareness, drugs and alcohol and mental health.

Peer Educators offer a variety of awareness programs for the university; many of these are interactive programs that take place in the residence halls. The athletic teams and campus organizations and clubs are included in these programs. Examples of these events would be “Alcohol, Zombies and MU”, which is held by the Alcohol and Other Drugs project. It is an open discussion about alcohol use, ways to avoid pressures of drinking on campus, and the signs of alcohol poisoning. Mental Health offers a program called “Stress Be Gone,” which allows students to pinpoint their main stressors in life and how their perceptions of these stressors may be affecting their actual stress levels.
The Sexual Violence team offers a program for men on campus only and calls on them to help end sexual violence. This program is called “Calling Men to Action.” The educators from Nutrition Physical Activity and Body Image offer a great program for men and women called “Not Fooling Me,” which exposes the media portrayal of body image and the effects it has on young people today. The last group, Sexual Responsibility and Healthy Relationships, offers a program called “Hooking Up.” Students have the opportunity to openly discuss various types of relationships and the healthy and unhealthy aspects of those relationships, as well as ways to communicate with their current and future partners. There are several other programs each group offers and you could be a part of sharing these interactive education tools with the students at Millersville University.

Applications for Peer Educators are due on February 21. Be sure to attend the last information session scheduled for February 17 from 12 to 1 p.m in SMC room 202, if you are interested in this position.
Applications for Peer Educators are due on February 21. Be sure to attend the last information session scheduled for February 17 from 12 to 1 p.m in SMC room 202, if you are interested in this position.

Time is running out to submit your application to be a part of the Peer Education teams at Millersville University. February 21, 2014 is the deadline so make sure you get your application in now! Applications are available online at www.millersville.edu/chep or stop by the Montour House, right across from the SMC for an application and more information. Applicants are required to attend one information session, the last and only one left to attend is on February 17, 2014 from 12 to1 p.m. This session will be held in the SMC room 202. This position is a great opportunity for anyone interested in helping their peers learn about the many aspects of healthy living and a great way to gain experience in educating others. The Montour House is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30p.m. Make sure you drop off your application on or before February 21, 2014. Don’t let this great opportunity to help educate your peers pass you by!

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