CAPS Peer Education Program

CAPS Peer Educators 2019-2020

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, such as a screening day for depression, Movies for Mental Health, a suicide prevention and awareness vigil, and other special events as needed.
  • Publicizing and promoting CAPS special events and programs.
  • Assisting with special projects as needed by CAPS staff.

Do You Want to Be a CAPS Peer Educator?

Applications to join the CAPS Peer Education Program are accepted each Spring term for the following academic year.  Our recruitment is complete for the 2019–2020 academic year.   

We hope you are interested in applying for 2020-21!  Applications for our next recruitment cycle will be available Spring term 2020.  Please CLICK HERE to be notified by email when applications are available. 

Requirements to be a CAPS Peer Educator:
  • Registered UCSC undergraduate in good academic standing.
  • Excellent public speaking and workshop facilitation skills.
  • A passion for helping others, promoting mental health awareness, stigma reduction, and issues related to diversity, inclusivity, and multiculturalism.  Interest and experience with social justice issues is a huge plus!
  • A flexible, positive attitude and excellent time management skills.
  • Professional communication skills.
  • Strong desire to represent CAPS' mission and positive image to the UCSC campus community.
  • Ability to commit to volunteer 2–8 flexible hrs/week FOR THE ENTIRE ACADEMIC YEAR (Fall, Winter & Spring), plus attend weekly PEP team meetings every quarter (Fridays 9:30–10:30 am).  Also, a 2-day training and orientation is required in the week before Fall classes begin (dates TBD).
Preferred qualifications:
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Sophomore class standing in 2019–2020 school year
  • Previous public speaking, teaching, coaching, or other group facilitation experience
  • Creative or artistic skills for creation of promotional materials
  • Blog or social media experience for program promotion

Previous Peer Educators

A group of students in CAPS t-shirts

PEP 2014


PEP 2015

caps pep 2016-17

peer educators 2017-2018