Peer Education Program
The mission of the Student Health Services' Peer Education Program is to promote healthy lifestyles and better decision making to the UTSA community by providing accurate health information and resources to students. The program consists of Peer Educators who are UTSA student volunteers who provide peer-to-peer education on various health topics through fun and interactive games and discussions. Peer Educators work together to promote wellness by increasing awareness of student health issues and encouraging positive lifestyles.
Topics covered in the Peer Education Program include:
- Time Management
- Healthy Relationship
- Body Image
- Financial Health
- Sexual Health
- Phsical Activity
- Skin Care
There are two opportunities for involvement in the Peer Education Program. Be a Peer Educator for the Health Nest or the Resident Health Navigators!
Health Nest is a weekly health education outreach program. Each Wednesday from 11am-1pm Peer Educators set up the Health Nest Gazebo at various places on campus. Peer educators engage students with games, activities, and conversations aimed at increasing student awareness about health issues and behaviors that directly affect them
Resident Health Navigators are Peer Educators who live in University Oaks or Chisholm Hall. Navigators put on weekly health-related, interactive events for their fellow residents. You can find the Navigators at various spots around University Oaks and Chisholm Hall every Thursday from 11am-1pm. Navigators also host a cooking and healthy eating demonstration program called Snack N' Chat, once a semester at each residence.
- Attend a mandatory training at the beginning of the semester
- Work a weekly Health Nest or Resident Health Navigator shift
- Attend weekly peer education meetings on Mondays from 4-5pm
- Commit to volunteer 3-5 hours a week
- Serve as a resource for the UTSA community
- Develop health education activities & materials for weekly health topics
- Conduct outreach to students & promote healthy behaviors
- Help to recruit future Peer Educators
Why Become a Peer Educator?
- Gain professional work experience to build your resume
- Develop communication & leadership skills
- Improve public speaking & promotion skills
- Gain knowledge in several areas of health, wellness, & prevention
- Make a difference in the health of UTSA students
- Meet new people!
If you are interested in building leadership skills, promoting health and wellness and mentoring your peers, the Peer Education Program is just for you! All students are welcome to join no matter their background or major. Apply to be a Peer Educator!
Want more information about the Peer Education Program? View our Frequently Asked Questions Page here.