Peer Education Program: Capital Peers

Who are the Capital Peers?

Capital Peers are a group of peer health educators who work directly with the Colonial Health Center (CHC) to provide health promotion and education to the GW student body. Through events, workshops, marketing campaigns, and more, Capital Peers serve as educators and role models for GW students related to all things health and wellness. Capital Peers address topics such as emotional wellness, physical wellness, sexual health, nutrition and body image, and substance use. 

Capital Peers assist the CHC with a variety of projects:

  • Educate students on health and wellness topics by facilitating events, workshops, and presentations.
  • Assist with facilitating CHC workshops on topics such as alcohol, mindfulness, sleep, stress management, and more.
  • Plan, organize, and facilitate custom outreach events based on student interests and requests.
  • Advertise and table for upcoming events and initiatives.
  • Create and handout promotional materials to students to educate them about the Capital Peers program and CHC resources.
  • Collaborate with other student organizations and departments to promote wellness and educate students on relevant health topics.
  • Act as a positive role model for other students by participating in healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors.
  • Provide an open-minded and nonjudgmental approach to health and wellness topics with GW students.
  • Offer education on resources available to students looking for or needing extra support.

How do I get involved?

Capital Peers accepts applicants for the program every fall semester. Selected applicants participate in a required training throughout the spring semester. After successful completion of the training, students will become Certified Peer Educators and are expected to serve a minimum of two semesters as a Capital Peer.

In addition to becoming a Certified Peer Educator, students participating in the Capital Peers program will develop valuable leadership skills, such as:

  • Event planning
  • Public speaking
  • Networking with student organizations and university departments
  • Social media management
  • Creating, organizing, and implementing health promotion campaigns and initiatives
  • Working with a diverse student body

Applications to participate in the program will become available in the fall 2018 semester. To learn more about the Capital Peers program, please email [email protected].