Support your campus community, build your resume and apply to be a Peer Educator today! Positions are paid and topic highlights include substance use education, mental health, in addition to healthy relationships and sexual health.

Complete the Peer Educator Application Form today! Please note, the application closes Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, and has been extended to align with the academic calendar. Explore the complete job description on Handshake. If this is your first time using Handshake or for more information, please visit the Career Services webpage.

Register in the Wellness Portal. If this is your first time using the Wellness Portal or for more information, please visit the Wellness Portal webpage.

  • Thursday, Feb. 18, 5:30 p.m. (ET)
  • Friday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. (ET)

For questions or to request accommodations, please contact Barnes Center at The Arch Health Promotion by calling 315.443.8000 or by emailing healthpromotion@syr.edu.

Peer Educators are undergraduate students that provide health and wellness education to their peers through interactive programming and other outreach initiatives. Peer Educators are role models and liaisons that connect their peers to health and wellness resources on and off campus. There are three Peer Education teams that specialize in different wellness topics. These include substance use education, sexuality and relationships, and mental health. Explore Peer Educator opportunities below, and apply to Be Involved today!

Learn more about each team below.

Be Wise Peer Educators focus on educating and empowering students to make informed choices and decisions regarding the use of alcohol and other substances. This team is committed to making a campus-wide difference through nonjudgmental dialogue.

In addition to Health Hubs and outreach programs, Be Wise Peer Educators support the Options Education Group and the 21st Birthday Project. For more information visit the Programs webpage.

PEEHRS focus on sexuality and relationships including consent, healthy relationships, pro-social bystander intervention and sexual health and pleasure. This team is trained to create safer spaces on campus for dialogue on how to respond to abuse or harassment, how to intervene with peers who are perpetuating rape culture and how to support others.

In addition to Health Hubs and outreach programs, PEEHRS support the Culture of Respect Campus Collective and the Safer Sex Express. For more information visit the Programs webpage.

SAMHEs focus on mental and emotional health. This team is trained to provide outreach and educational programming surrounding mental wellness including stress management, sleep health, time management, nutrition and resiliency.

In addition to Health Hubs and outreach programs, SAMHEs support the Sanvello app and the Crowley Family MindSpa. For more information visit the Programs webpage.

Learn more about working as a Peer Educator below.

The Barnes Center at The Arch Peer Educators are students that provide health and wellness education to their peers through interactive programs and norming campaigns. Peer Educators also act as role models and as liaisons to connect their peers to health and wellness resources on campus and in the community. Some of the signature programming that Peer Educators assist with include Health Hubs and Wellness Leadership Institute workshops.

Perks include the following and more!

  • Barnes Center Peer Educator Space
  • Building Communication Skills
  • Flexible (Can work remotely and/or in-person.)
  • Free SWAG
  • Impacting Peers
  • Making Meaningful Connections
  • Professional Development

Peer Educators gain the following professional skills.

  • Accountability
  • Adaptability
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Professionalism
  • Time Management

Peer Educators will gain the following Shared Competencies.

  • Ethics, Integrity, and Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
  • Communication Skills

During the academic year, often the minimum time commitment to be involved with the group is 7 to 10 hours per week. This may include a weekly meeting, office hour(s) and programming commitments. Hours typically fall within the weekday, but some weekend and evening hours are available.

Peer educators are highly reliable students that are passionate about promoting well-being, have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and hold strong interpersonal/communication skills. Additionally, they are accountable and are able to work well independently and within team settings.

Annually, the Peer Educator application will be available on this webpage and within the Wellness Portal. If the application period is not open at your time of interest, please email Barnes Center at The Arch Health Promotion or call 315.443.8000 to express interest and to learn more.