The Health & Wellness Centre recruits UTSC students as volunteers to be part of the Wellness Peer Program during the Winter semester in preparation for the following academic year. If you plan to be a registered student at UTSC in the upcoming Fall semester and want to be part of the Wellness Peer Program, please find the job description and application below.
Check out our 2020-21 Wellness Peer Program Teams conducting peer created, peer led Wellness Talks @ Home.
Wellness Peer Program - Wellness Peer Educator Job Description
Location: UTSC Health & Wellness Centre, SL270
Number of Positions: 6+ volunteers recruited for each Wellness Peer Program team
Hours of Volunteering: Minimum of 40 hours during academic year, CCR approved
Position Duration: Fall/Winter
Position Start Date: May - summer includes training (late August) and some planning if available, then regular volunteering starts in September.
Position End Date: April 30
There are 5 Wellness Peer Program Teams that we need students like YOU to be a part of!
Campus Connectors: designs and implements special health-focused initiatives to support the needs of specific student communities that require more intentional support with their health and wellness through collaborations with other student services and Departmental Student Associations
Mental Wellness Team: focuses on educating students about mental health awareness, self care, sleep, prioritizing emotional needs, building community, destigmatizing mental health disorders and medication, how to access support, etc
Sexual Health Team: focuses on healthy relationships, birth control, sexually transmitted infection awareness, hormonal conditions, 2SLGBTQ+ health, self care, body positivity, etc
Nutritional Health Team: focuses on healthier eating awareness, body image, eating disorders, diet culture, physical activity, food insecurity, meal prepping, etc
Substance Awareness Team: focuses on drug and alcohol awareness, gambling/sports betting, substance abuse and use, addictions, caffeine use, etc
- Public Speaking
- Group Facilitation
- Event Planning
Overall Goal of the Wellness Peer Program: To have UTSC students, under the guidance and support of Health & Wellness Centre, become a reliable resource for their peers by contributing to health promotion initiatives for the purpose of fostering a healthy community.
Role of the Wellness Peer Educators
Objective 1: Peer Educators will enhance their knowledge on wellness topics and issues by attending 2 compulsory trainings in August
Objective 2: Peer Educators will enhance their communication skills by interacting with UTSC students to share wellness information in a creative manner that is respectful and accurate. This can be achieved through displays, campaigns, social media content creation, facilitation of workshops/events, connecting with students one-on-one, etc.
Objective 3: Peer Educators will gain the skills to identify and support individuals that may require further information, referrals to the Health & Wellness Centre and/or appropriate student resources.
Objective 4: Peer Educators will develop organization, leadership and teamwork skills through weekly group meetings to plan for events, workshops, displays, promotions, etc. and meet requests of the UTSC community.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Complete compulsory 1-day Content Training to gain relevant health promotion knowledge and skills!
- Complete compulsory 1-day General Training to learn about the Health & Wellness Centre and to meet other members on the other teams!
- Market and Participate in events throughout the year:
- Present displays during various large-scale initiatives which will include First Year Orientation Week, Wellness Fairs and other UTSC events
- Facilitate workshops/conferences at student residence and other student clubs, organizations and departments.
- Incorporate social media in campaigns and dissemination of health messages
- Plan initiatives, events, projects in a team setting
- Develop relationships with UTSC community to initiate collaborations on campus
- Meet deadlines of projects
- Attend weekly meetings and communicate among peer educators based on group needs (eg. team meetings, in person, email, telephone, etc).
- Provide and maintain accurate contact information
- Position CCR recognized (minimum of 40 hours/year)
How to Apply:
If you are interested in being one of our fantastic Wellness Peer Educators, please complete this application form by February 23, 2024! Kindly note that if we receive an overwhelming number of applicants, we may have to close the form early.
This application is not for the Peer Supporter role. Please monitor our Instagram page @wellness_utsc or email firstname.lastname@example.org for updates on the Peer Supporter recruitment.