Peer Education Program
Description of Program
The Peer Education Program at the Penn State Altoona Health and Wellness Center provides a unique opportunity to foster the health and wellness of all students by offering innovative, effective outreach activities and by shaping quality Health and Wellness Center services. This select group of students will gain advanced communication, facilitation, and leadership skills in this position and will be involved in the planning, development and implementation of outreach activities. Peer educators will use various outreach methods to promote health behaviors among fellow students.
Effectiveness of Peer Educators-Bacchus Network
The unique impact that college peers have on each other is widely acknowledged and cited in the higher education literature (Astin, 1993; Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005). College undergraduate peers have such an important impact on each other; they are the single most potent source of influence on undergraduate student affective and cognitive growth and development during college (Astin, 1993; Kuh, 1993; Whitt, Edison, Pascarella, Nora, & Terenzini, 1999). Furthermore, the frequency and quality of students’ interactions with peers extends to a positive association with college student persistence (Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005; Tinto, 1993).
Why should you become a Peer Educator?
Expectations of a Peer Educator
Selection of Peer Educators
Peer educators must be committed to promoting health behaviors in fellow students and exhibit strong interpersonal skills, creativity, and enthusiasm.
To apply to become a Peer Educator, students must: