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Apply to be a volunteer peer educator with Healthy U

November 26, 2020 — 

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.

“Healthy U gives you the opportunity to be trained in mental and sexual health topics on a regular basis, with opportunities for workshops and discussions with people who are just as enthusiastic about it as you,” says Megan, a current Healthy U volunteer.

“It gives you applicable experience, and besides helping people which is amazing — it’s a cool experience for us as well,” explains Cobi, another 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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