Peer Health Education

Peer health educators work with high schools with the goal of reducing behaviours with harmful health outcomes. As a peer educator you will be responsible for attending training to have a thorough knowledge of our curriculum, and for presenting this material in a professional and enthusiastic manner. You will gain mastery of our curricula including HIV/AIDS, STI, Tobacco, and Healthy Lifestyles, and facilitate interactive, engaging, and informative community seminars within Edmonton and surrounding areas. Seminars are typically held at local elementary schools, junior highs, and high schools, as well as occasional opportunities in other community centers. Peer educators will also be involved in reviewing our curricula, and developing our local health promotion strategy. Peer educators may also have the opportunity to participate in and/or develop our rural projects this year. Successful applicants for this position should be prepared to commit 2-3 hours each week on SIHA Local initiatives.

 

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Rural Project Initiative

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We work with rural Albertans.Expanding beyond Edmonton classrooms to provide education in rural Alberta is an opportunity for experienced peer educators. Members of the Rural Project are selected through an internal application process that takes place at the start of the Winter semester. The selected team will work closely with our Volunteer Coordinators to deliver a project in Rural Alberta during the summer. The scope of the project will be developed over the winter semester and will include (to the extent of our abilities) Peer Health Education in Rural Schools, developing relationships with the Rural community health organizations, assessing Rural community health care needs and implementing health promotion projects that target the needs of the Rural community. The selected team will be a group of highly motivated individuals. They will be required to fundraise throughout the winter semester and dedicate 3-5 hours per week to the Rural Project. Volunteers interested in taking part in our Rural Projects should note that they should receive training in all of our curricula in order to be considered a competitive applicant

Outreach Projects

We work at post-secondary campuses. Promoting awareness of local health issues in a non-judgemental to reducing risky behaviours is one of our popular volunteer activities. As an Outreach volunteer, you will be working promote SIHA within Edmonton and within the University of Alberta. Outreach volunteers are expected to take on more of a leadership role within the organization, where they will be working on existing projects and determining projects that they would like to pursue this year. Projects that the Outreach team undertake aim to promote basic health of our own student community at the U of A, as well as of underserved and/or marginalized populations in and around Edmonton. For example, past brainstorming ideas (which can be pursued further this year) include holding a campus HIV/AIDS Testing Fair, implementing the use of condom machines on campus, increasing accessibility to safer sex options on campus and anything else our volunteers may come up with. Outreach volunteers can take on a variety of roles, within the projects, and should expect to commit 2-3 hours each week on Outreach initiatives, which may be more or less depending on your role within a project.

 

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