CAPS Peer Education Program

2017–2018 Peer Educators

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.

Do You Want to Be a CAPS Peer Educator?

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-19 academic year. Deadline is May 6, 2018.
 
Requirements to be a CAPS Peer Educator:
  • Registered UCSC undergraduate in good academic standing for the entire 2018-'19 school year.
  • 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 (tentatively scheduled for September 24th & 25th).
 
Preferred qualifications:
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Sophomore class standing in 2018-'19 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

PEP 2014

PEP

PEP 2015

caps pep 2016-17