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Apply to be a volunteer peer educator with Healthy U

March 18, 2021 — 

Health and Wellness and the Student Counselling Centre (SCC) is looking for motivated and engaging students to apply to be a volunteer peer educator with Healthy U.

Healthy U is an incredible opportunity to gain valuable training and to contribute to health education and health promotion on campus. Founded in 2015, Healthy U has helped to create many peer-led workshops on a variety of health issues like healthy sexuality, technology use and stress reduction.

For those looking to connect with their peers on topics vital to student health, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience for both the students they educate and the trained volunteer peer educator.

“Being a Healthy U volunteer has been the perfect way to challenge myself this semester. I have gained perspective, learned about so many topics from amazing resources, and been provided with a space to express my creative side! The experience has been so gratifying, I’m so glad that I applied to be a HU volunteer,” explains Carly, a Healthy U volunteer.

“As a first-year student at the University of Manitoba, the Healthy U program has helped me to find a sense of community and belonging. I have learned so much in my short time volunteering about the many health related issues that students face as well as the wealth of resources available at the university,” Jayden, a Healthy U volunteer describes.

“I recommend this program to anyone interested in mental/sexual health who is looking to exercise their creativity with a community of like-minded people ,” says Megan, a current Healthy U volunteer.

The Healthy U program is run by Health and Wellness and the SCC. Students who are accepted into Healthy U will receive training by Kayla Tessier, a counsellor at the SCC as well as Britt Harvey, Health and Wellness Educator and Registered Nurse.

For Harvey, working with and training volunteer peer educators has been a rewarding experience.

“Working with our Healthy U peer educators is one of the best parts of my job! I learn so much from them. To be able to educate, support, and collaborate with the volunteers and our UM students is hugely rewarding. I’m so excited to meet this new group of volunteers!”

Connecting with students was one of the reasons Rebeka, a previous Healthy U volunteer was drawn to the program. “Healthy U allows you to provide students with health information wherever they are at. You can relate with the students because you are one”

To learn more about how you can apply to be a Healthy U volunteer, visit the website.  

For any additional questions or application information please contact:

Britt Harvey, Health and Wellness Educator, britt [dot] harvey [at] umanitoba [dot] ca.

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