About the Program
Prevention and Wellness Services' Peer Health Educator Program is a unique volunteer opportunity for passionate Western students who are committed to enhancing their own health and the health of Western's community. This program allows students to develop meaningful connections with peers and professional mentors as well as a strong skill set in leadership and education that supports their academic learning and career plans.
Peer Health Educators come from all academic majors, and bring their unique skills and diverse perspectives into their health promotion projects. Through intensive and extensive training, Peer Health Educators learn to use their health knowledge to assist other students and to increase the "health literacy" of Western's campus community.
Peer Health Educators participate in one of five different specialty topic groups which focus on: alcohol and drug risk reduction, body empowerment, sexual health, sexual violence prevention, and emotional resilience.
Our Topic Groups
Many of our students tell us their experience with the Peer Health Educator program was the highlight of their college career. The connections they make both with the university and with other students only accentuate the knowledge and experience they obtain while participating in health advocacy work. There are many reasons students get involved with the Peer Health Educator program. Students who participate in our program receive:
- Increased knowledge and skills to enhance personal and community health and safety
- Practical, hands-on experience to use in grad school and work applications and interviews
- Leadership opportunities
- Expanded support system and network of friends
If you are interested in becoming a Peer Health Educator,
please visit our How to Become a Volunteer Page.