Become a Peer Health Educator
WAVES is not currently accepting applications for Peer Health Educators. Please check back with us in the spring of 2014 to find out about applying to become a Peer Health Educator in 2014-15.
Peer Health Educators (PHEs) are a diverse group of Mason students who are committed to creating a healthy campus culture. PHEs engage with classmates through interactive presentations that focus on topics integral to maintaining a healthy college lifestyle.
The PHEs are dedicated to utilizing dynamic presentations to provide education and community support with sensitivity to race, gender, sexual orientation, culture, religion, and individual capabilities.
PHEs focus on the following topics:
- Sexual Health
- Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
- Intimate Partner Violence
PHEs must commit to:
- Participating in a three-day comprehensive training, held at the beginning of the Fall semester
- Bi-weekly, 90-minute meetings held in SUB 1
- Observing 3 presentations before becoming a facilitator
- Facilitating 5 presentations per semester
- Remaining active for the duration of the 2013-2014 academic year
This year’s Peer Health Educator Training will be August 22 and 23. Peer Hleath Educators are also required to attend bi-weekly in-services.
Although we encourage involvement in other activities at Mason and in the community, applicant must be able to balance other activities with the PHE commitment.
Qualities of a PHE
A strong PHE applicant should possess the following qualities:
- Strong interest and enthusiasm in promoting healthy behaviors among fellow students
- Open mind to cultures, practices, and sexual orientations different from one’s own
- Sensitivity to controversial and personal topics, and have a willingness to talk candidly about them
- Ability to articulate the facts about health-enhancing behaviors and dispel myths and misperceptions
- Dedication to health education, and the PHE program
- Demonstrate a sincere concern for others, their well-being and quality of life
- Ability to speak publicly in a positive, engaging, interactive, and nonjudgmental manner
- Ability to facilitate group discussions and include all members of the audience
- Ability to function in a group, both as a leader and as a supportive team member