Health Promotion peers

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:

  • Develop their leadership skills,
  • Provide individual wellness coaching for students looking to develop their skills,
  • Raise awareness about health and well-being services and resources for students,
  • Engage in personal and coaching skill development.

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.

Apply to be a Peer Wellness Coach
Peer Wellness Coach applications are closed at this time

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.

Personal Skills:

  • Interest in public health, health promotion, or health and wellness
  • Commitment to inclusivity and multiculturalism
  • Strong interpersonal communication and time management skills
  • Highly organized, dependable, and accountable

Operational Skills:

  • Experience in customer service, leadership, outreach, presentation or faciliation
  • Knowledge and familiarity with campus organizations and resources
  • Previous volunteer and/or peer education experience helpful but not required
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Other Requirements:

  • A full-time degree seeking CU student
  • Have and maintain a 2.5 or higher grade point average (GPA)
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Attendance at mandatory training 9 am – 5 pm Monday, August 13 through Friday, August 17 and weekly Monday night meeting from 5 - 6:30 p.m. during the academic year.

  • Paid position starting at $12/hour
  • Be a part of creating a culture of wellness on campus
  • Work with a highly skilled, diverse group of students committed to providing accurate, nonjudgmental health and wellness information to the CU Boulder community
  • Receive peer educator certification from a nationally recognized organization
  • Develop presentation, facilitation, collaboration, program planning and team building skills
  • Enhance your resume or graduate school application
  • Receive mentorship and training from professional staff
  • Serve as mentors to volunteers and interns
  • Flexible work schedule

HealthBuffs peer educators provide health and wellness education to their peers through interactive programs, tabling and planning outreach events. HealthBuffs peer educators are expected to participate in weekly staff meetings (Mondays, 5 – 6:30 pm) and other content-focused training opportunities.

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.

Office Assistance
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.

Apply to be a Peer Educator
Applications will be accepted until positions are filled or until 5:00 PM on Monday, August 6, whichever comes first.

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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:

  • Participate in project/topic focused groups,
  • Attend and participate in additional trainings, 
  • Provide brief chair massage and staff other stess-reduction events and
  • Focus on an in-depth health and wellness project throughout the semester.

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.

Apply to be an Intern
Applications for intern positions are closed this time.

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:

  • Provide brief chair massages and staff other stress reduction events;
  • Participate in topic focused groups;
  • Plan and host campus-wide awareness building events;

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.

Apply to be a Volunteer
Volunteer applications are closed at this time.

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.