The HealthBuffs program includes peer wellness coaches, peer educators, volunteers and interns committed to promoting student health and wellness. Health Promotion is recruiting peer wellness coaches for academic year 2018-19.
Peer wellness coaches (PWCs) promote greater student well-being by working with their peers to increase awareness of wellness resources on campus, provide support, and encourage responsible decision-making. Peer wellness coaches support students in realizing their own wellness goals through a positive, strengths-focused approach. In this position, students gain valuable pre-professional experience.
PWCs have the opportunity to:
The PWC position is a live-in role that requires full-time enthusiasm, care, commitment and dedication. PWCs should expect between 15 - 20 hours of work each week towards their position.
HealthBuffs peer educators enhance the health of CU Boulder students through a variety of peer-led initiatives in the areas of stress, sleep, sexual health, relationship wellness, self-image, alcohol and other drugs, tobacco cessation, suicide prevention and more. The HealthBuffs peer education program also promotes student leadership by providing essential health and wellness services to campus student groups and organizations.
Alcohol and other drugs (AOD) peer educator
The AOD peer educators provide education, information and connection to resources related to alcohol, marijuana, prescription drug misuse, tobacco and illicit substances. The AOD peer educators will help design and participate in outreach and events for Welcome Week, Overdose Awareness Day, College Alcohol Awareness Month, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, finals and graduation. AOD peer educators also work closely with the residence halls in providing harm reduction programming. The AOD peer educators are supervised by the assistant director for AOD Programs.
Health and Wellness (H&W) peer educator
Health and Wellness peer educators provide education and awareness on sleep, relationship wellness and sexual health, health equity, illness prevention and general health and wellness information. The H&W peers are also the lead peer educators for requested Stress(Less) events and weekly Health Hut outreach events. Stress(Less) programs include aromatherapy, chair massage, creative expressions and other stress reduction techniques. Health Hut consists of weekly outreach on different health topics on a variety of locations across campus. The H&W peer educators are supervised by the assistant director for Wellness Outreach.
The office assistant provides additional support to the Health Promotion office and HealthBuffs peer education program. This includes logistical support for Health Promotion outreach, inventory control and scheduling of volunteers for Health Promotion outreach events. Other duties may include support the AOD early intervention classes through scheduling and accepting payments as well as general front office support. The office assistant would participate in Monday evening staff meetings on an as needed basis. This position is supervised by the office manager.
Interns will have the ability to focus more intensively on a particular project or issue and more have responsibility than volunteers. Through training and ongoing education interns can:
Interns are required to attend new staff orientation as well as weekly Monday meetings from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Interns commit to working about 50 - 60 hours per semester.
Each semester, we recruit and accept a small group of new volunteers for our team. Volunteers learn about the health issues that impact students’ academics and wellbeing, ways to effectively address those issues and get the opportunity to talk about these issues with their peers.
Through training and on-going education volunteers will have the opportunity to:
Volunteers commit to 30 hours per semester, which includes attending new staff orientation, weekly Monday meetings from 5:00 – 6:30 pm during the semester and staffing outreach events.
With up to 50 volunteers and peer educators and a busy schedule of presentations, campaigns, and events our work is made smoother by employee scheduling software donated by Humanity.