CAPS Peer Education Program

Peer Educators 2016–2017

Founded in 2013, the CAPS Peer Education Program (PEP) has the mission of increasing awareness and reducing stigma around mental health issues and treatment, with a primary focus on facilitating educational workshops and outreach to the UCSC student community.  Our talented and diverse team of undergraduate Peer Educators are trained in a variety of topics to help them succeed in their role.  CAPS is proud of our Peers' valuable contributions to the mental health and well-being of our campus. 

What Do Peer Educators Do?

Peer Educators attend a 2-day orientation prior to fall term and attend weekly meetings throughout the school year.  Within their 2- to 8-hour weekly volunteer commitment, Peer Educators' responsibilities include:
  • Facilitating interactive, informational workshops on stress management and other topics. To request a "Stress Less" workshop, fill out our online WORKSHOP REQUEST FORM.
  • Coordinating and contributing to the CAPS blog.
  • Representing CAPS through outreach to the campus by tabling at special events, giving presentations in classes, and creating relationships with student groups and orgs.
  • Assisting with annual CAPS outreach events, including a screening day for depression, Movies for Mental Health, and a suicide prevention and awareness vigil, plus any special events as needed.
  • Publicizing and promoting CAPS special events and programs.
  • Assisting with special projects as needed by CAPS staff.

Applications are now closed for 2016–2017.  Recruitment for the 2017–2018 Peer Education Program will be conducted in Winter/Spring 2017.  Updates on the application process will be posted on this web page in Winter/Spring 2017. 

If you are interested in applying to PEP and wish to receive an email notification when recruitment for PEP begins, please CLICK HERE to add your name and email.  Thank you!

Previous Peer Educators

PEP 2014


PEP 2015