Peer Health Educators are volunteers (non-paid) that receive training to become nationally certified Peer Educators. They are involved in a four-quarter PULSE program beginning with training in the spring, followed by three quarters of hands-on consultation experience. PULSE’s mission is to promote healthy behaviors and wellness among all members of the Cal Poly community. This is accomplished by the modeling of wellness by the educators and their development and presentation of awareness programs, workshops, and providing individual consultations. Peer Educators work under the supervision of a team coordinator and the Health Education staff of Campus Health & Wellbeing. The Peer Health Educator’s responsibilities include the following:
- Participate in educational and professional trainings during Spring Quarter 2017.
- Commitment of a minimum of 60 hours for Spring Quarter.
- Create, implement, and evaluate health education presentations and programs for student residence groups, academic classes and organizations on and off campus.
- Create health education audiovisual materials, posters, handouts, and informational sheets as needed.
- Provide individual consultations on topics related to team education.
Peer Educators must commit at least one full academic year to the program.
Spring Quarter 2017:
- Weekly trainings:
- PULSE/Professional Development hour (1 hour/week)
- Team specific education training (TBD)
- Shadowing hour (2 hours/week)
- Team meeting hour (1 hour/week)
- Weekend training:
- BACCHUS training April 22 and 23, 2017 ALL DAY (mandatory)
Fall 2017, Winter 2018, and Spring Quarter 2018:
- Consultation Hour (3 hours/week)
- Team Meeting (1 hour/week)
- PULSE events and activities as assigned (≥1 hour/week)
All Undergraduate Cal Poly students are welcomed to apply. Applicants must be able to commit to volunteering Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, and Spring 2018. A minimum GPA of 2.50 is required. Prospective peer health educators should be comfortable speaking to groups and have an interest in modeling and promoting campus-wide wellness.
Internship Credits & Units
PULSE is a 12-unit leadership program that you can choose to utilize (up to 3 units per quarter). PSY 251 course credit can be earned taking a Special Problems 400 in your academic department or you can choose to enroll in an internship course within your department.
“I have always had a passion for health and wellbeing, as well as helping others in any way that I can. PULSE has given me the perfect opportunity to focus on my areas of interest while improving my interpersonal and professional skills. As a member of the Thoughtful Lifestyles Team, it is so important to me that I take an active role in harm reduction regarding drugs and alcohol use on and off campus. Put simply, I want to do my best to improve the lives of my peers, and PULSE is the perfect opportunity for me to do that.” —Katie Cloninger
“I wanted to be a part of PULSE, specifically the Educational Resources On Sexuality Team, since my first quarter in college when I noticed how many of my friends in the dorms had never received any form of sex education. There is so much misinformation floating around in college hook up culture. I want to bust myths and reduce negative stigma so that everyone has the correct information in their back pocket for whenever they decide they need it.” —Megan Healy
“I became a peer health educator my sophomore year at Cal Poly and I will be graduating this quarter; I can tell you there is not one day I regret joining PULSE. I work with the Educational Resources On Sexuality Team, we focus on safe sex practices, healthy relationships, birth control and STI awareness. I have learned more about these topics than I ever expected to and now get to help educate my fellow students in one-on-one or group settings about the realities of sexual health. Volunteering at PULSE has been an amazing learning experience and I cannot wait for new peer health educators to join our amazing family.” —Sierra Valdez
“I chose to join PULSE, specifically the Reach-out Empower Accept Listen Team, because I wanted to be more connected to the Cal Poly Campus and have an opportunity to interact with students in a helpful way. I am now able to share my passion about Mental Health Awareness and give students a safe place to confide in a peer, which makes me feel like my college experience is worth something bigger than myself.” —Anna Conroy
- Educational Resources On Sexuality Team
- Reach-out Empower Accept Listen Team
- Health Enrichment Action Team
- Thoughtful Lifestyles Team
To apply for a position, please click here.