Peer Education Program: Wellness Advocates

What is the GW Peer Education Program?

The George Washington University’s Peer Educator Program is sponsored by the Colonial Health Center in collaboration with The Title IX Office and The Center for Career Services. GW Peer Educators work with department staff to provide prevention education to the GW community. They will do this through workshops, education campaigns, and outreach activities. Participants in the GW Peer Education program can participate in one or both of the focus areas; CHC Wellness Advocates: Personal Health and Wellbeing and Haven Peer Educators: Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse. 

The GW Peer Education Program accepts applicants every fall semester. Selected participants complete a required training the following spring semester. After successful completion of training, participants are expected to serve a minimum of two semesters as a Peer Educator, committing to a minimum of 2 hours a week. More details here. 

Who are the Colonial Health Center (CHC) Wellness Advocates?

CHC Wellness Advocates are a diverse group of Peer Educators who are committed to educating the George Washington University (GW) community by facilitating and assisting with a variety of health and wellness programs and workshops. From time management to healthy eating habits to alcohol awareness, CHC Wellness Advocates cover a number of topics aimed at equipping students with the knowledge to make responsible and healthy choices in college. CHC Wellness Advocates are motivated, creative, personable, and collaborative individuals, and strive to connect and interact with their peers in a fun and meaningful way.

They assist the CHC with a variety of projects:

Programming

  • Educate students about a variety of health and wellness topics by facilitating programs, workshops, and presentations.
  • Assist with facilitating the CHC’s PowerHour workshops series on topics such as alcohol, mindfulness, sleep, and more.
  • Plan, organize, and facilitate custom outreach programs based on student interests and requests.

Advertising

  • Advertise and table for upcoming events and programs.
  • Create and handout promotional materials to students to educate them about CHC resources and the GW Peer Education Program.
  • Collaborate with other student organizations and departments to spread the word about CHC events.

Leadership

  • Act as a positive role model for other students by participating in healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors.
  • Provide an open-minded and nonjudgmental place for GW students to discuss health and wellness topics.
  • Offer education regarding resources available to students looking for or needing extra support.

By becoming a GW peer educator, students will participate in a semester long training where they will become a Certified Peer Educator and gain many valuable leadership skills:

  • Program and 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

To learn more about The GW Peer Education Program including application and training, please email prevention@gwu.edu.