2021-2022 Peer Health Educator Application
The  Peer  Health  Education  program  is made up of undergraduate students (and graduate students) from a wide range of academic backgrounds. The  Peers  are requested to go around campus to residence halls, classrooms, and student organizations to give interactive, non-judgmental presentations on different  health  topics pertaining to college students (e.g. mental health, alcohol & drug use, nutrition, safer sex, etc.). The  Peers  also participate in a variety of events on campus by request of other departments or events sponsored by University  Health  Services (e.g. tabling in The Commons for an awareness month or week) to provide their peers with information to make healthy, informed decisions regarding their health and well-being.

Aside from the main work that  you  would do as a  Peer Health Educator, this  program  is also a great opportunity for  you  to build upon  your  public speaking skills, enhance  your  interpersonal communication skills, meet new people from across campus, network with different student organizations and departments, master  your  team-building skills, learn program development skills, add a valuable piece to  your  resume/CV, earn PRAC Internship Credit and a National Peer Educator Certification, and have fun while learning!

Each student in the program will be an unpaid intern and serve as a resource, referral agent, and role model for their peers. Please note that as an incoming Peer you are required to attend a weekly training where you will be trained on a variety of health topics and facilitation techniques. A training time will be selected before the start of classes and will be in the evening. Training attendance is required for all first-time Peers. If the training time does not fit your schedule, I would encourage you to keep our program in mind for the following year as we try to take new applicants every year. Peers are required to dedicate approximately 3-6 hours a week to this program. Each week can vary depending on the number of events and program requests scheduled for the week. Lastly, Peers are required to commit to this program for one academic school year. Therefore, if you are graduating in December 2021, you are NOT eligible to apply.
First Name *
Last Name *
Preferred Name *
Preferred Pronouns *
UMBC Email Address *
UMBC Student ID # *
Phone Number *
Major/Minor *
Class Year *
Expected Date of Graduation *
Cumulative GPA *
Number of course credits for next semester *
Other organizations (e.g., clubs/sports) and non-academic commitments (e.g., jobs) *
Can you commit 3-6 hours per week to the Peer program? *
Are you available for orientation on August 27-29, 2021? (This could potentially include an overnight retreat.) *
Mandatory weekly training will take place between 5:00 PM-7:00 PM. All new Peers are REQUIRED to attend weekly training. Which day works best for you? Note: we will be using the time that everyone is most available. *
How did you find out about the Peer Health Education program? (250-word max) *
What qualities and skills do you have that would make you a good fit for the Peer Health Education program? Include what makes you stand out as an applicant. (500-word max) *
Do you have any particular areas of interest within health promotion, education or awareness that you are passionate about? (e.g., mental health, sexual health, alcohol/drug use, physical health, etc.). Please explain your interest. (500-word max) *
What do you see as the most important health or wellness issue on UMBC’s campus? How would you suggest the university address/educate/support students around this issue? (500-word max) *
What does leadership mean to you? (500-word max) *
What do you hope to gain from becoming a Peer Health Educator? (250-word max) *
How do you see your participation in the Peer Health Education program impacting/influencing your post-graduation career? (250-word max) *
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