The Health & Wellness Centre recruits UTSC students as volunteers to be part of the Wellness Peer Programs each February/March in preparation for the following 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 Programs, please find job description and application below.
Check out our 2020-21 Wellness Peer Program Teams conducting peer created, peer led Wellness Talks @ Home.
Wellness Peer Programs - Wellness Peer Educator/Ambassador Job Description
Location: UTSC Health & Wellness Centre
Number of Positions: 6 positions for each program – total of 30 new positions annually
Hours of Volunteering: 2-5hr/wk
Position Duration: Fall/Winter
Position Start Date: May - summer includes training (early May and late August) and some planning if available, then regular volunteering starts in September.
Position End Date: April 30
- Public Speaking
- Group Facilitation
Overall Goal of the Wellness Peer Programs: 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/Ambassadors
Objective 1: Peer Educators/Ambassadors will enhance their knowledge on wellness topics and issues by attending a 3-day training, (April/May and August/September).
Objective 2: Peer Educators/Ambassadors will enhance their communication skills by interacting with UTSC students to disseminate wellness information in a creative manner that is respectful and accurate. This can be achieved through displays, campaigns, social marketing, facilitation of workshops, writing of articles, etc.
Objective 3: Peer Educators/Ambassadors will gain the skill to identify and support individuals that may require further information, referral to the Health & Wellness Centre and appropriate student resources.
Objective 4: Peer Educators/Ambassadors will develop organization, leadership and teamwork skills through regular group meetings to plan for events, workshops, displays, promotions, etc. and meet requests of the UTSC community.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Complete compulsory 3-day training (April/May and August/September) and future professional development opportunities throughout the year.
Market and Participate in events throughout the year:
- Present displays which will include First Year Orientation Week and Wellness Fair and other UTSC events and other requests at UTSC.
- Facilitate workshops/conferences which will include events at student residence and other student clubs, organizations and requests at UTSC.
- 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.
Additional Responsibilities Specific for Peer Supporter Applicants
Provide one on one peer support and group support on a weekly basis
Be available for destress station requests from campus partners
Provide meditation and relaxation demonstrations and workshops
How to Apply:
Deadline: closed for 2021-22 applications.
Applications open after February Reading Week each year. Check back February 2022.