Peer Health Advocates are a paid position through the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness and it is a year long commitment. All Peer Health Advocates will earn $8.50 an hour for the first 30 hours each semester, excluding trainings. Below is more information about the specific duties and expectations of the role.
Under the Supervision of the Office for Health Promotion and Wellness, the Peer Health Advocate will:
- Maintain good conduct and academic standing with John Carroll University.
- Attend and complete an educational retreat each fall semester that they are a Peer Health Advocate.
- Research, develop, and execute programming for the JCU community that is interactive, positive, fun and non-judgmental.
- Uphold standards of privacy befitting their role.
- Learn the basics of prevention, college wellness, and the strategies for change/harm reduction in high-risk behaviors.
- Develop listening, responding, and referral skills.
- Create awareness of health topics affecting JCU students through various means including: poster and social media campaigns, newsletters, Carroll News editorials, Public Service Announcements, one-on-one interactions, tabling at health education initiatives and general availability for program participation.
- Help students find appropriate resources to support healthy behaviors by making referrals to the appropriate professionals (Health Education, Residence Life, Counseling Center, Health Services, Violence Prevention Action Center, Campus Safety Services, etc.)
- Uphold standards of healthy living by (but not limited to) committing to:
- Avoiding underage alcohol consumption
- Avoiding illegal drug use
- Perpetuating a healthy body image
- Using appropriate gender expressions and identities and language choices as learned in training
- Recognizing the signs and symptoms of both healthy and unhealthy relationships
- Engaging in some type of stress-relief/renewal on a weekly basis
- Identifying the various campus resources addressing health-related issues (Counseling Center, VPAC, Health Center, etc)
A significant amount of time, effort, and commitment is expected of Peer Health Advocates. This commitment is composed of:
- Attendance at and enthusiastic, engaging and thoughtful participation in bi-weekly Peer Health Advocate meetings.
- Willingness to promote events, raise awareness, and be a leader and role model on campus.
- Participating and organization of campus-wide as well as organization specific programs related to health topics
- Attendance at an educational retreat and participation in future trainings for incoming Peer Health Advocates.
- Providing information, resources, programming, peer advice and visibility to peers.
- Creating awareness of presence in Res Halls (where you live, how you can be accessed, what you do, what the Peer Health Advocate program is, etc).
- Participating in Residence Life building and floor meetings.
- Attending programs developed by other building leaders (Residence Life, Health Education, Residence Ministers, etc.) when possible.
- Must be a full-time student at John Carroll University.
- Must have a 2.5+ GPA
- Must be in good standing academically and judicially.
- Must have completed and passed AlcoholEdu.
- Be a role model for responsible and healthy lifestyle choices and enthusiastic about listening to peers and offering advice on wellness issues and stress-relief .
- Must be non-judgmental, responsible, reliable, and act as a resource to students.
- Must possess strong verbal skills and the desire to interact with and present information to peers.
- Must demonstrate the ability to work with individuals and groups in a leadership capacity.
- Application Opens – March 19th
- Application Closes – April 4th
- Interviews – April 4th – 20th
- Applicants will be notified of their status – April 23rd-27th
*The above timeline is tentative to change, please contact Jamie Linn, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any specific questions.