CAPS Peer Education Program

CAPS Peer Educators 2022-2023

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 38 hour weekly volunteer commitment, Peer Educators' responsibilities include:
  • Facilitating interactive, informational workshops on stress management and other topics. 
  • Coordinate and contribute to social media campaigns for mental health
    awareness, including the PEP Podcast, Blog, and the UCSC PEP Instagram.
  • 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 typically accepted each Spring term for the following academic year. Applications for our recruitment cycle for 2022–2023 are open now. The last day to submit your application is midnight on Sunday, July 10th, 2022.


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 3-8 flexible hrs/week for the entire academic year (Fall, Winter & Spring).
  • Ability to attend weekly PEP team meetings each quarter (Fridays 9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.).
  • Attend a required two-day training and orientation in the week before the start of Fall classes (date TBD).

Preferred qualifications:

  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Sophomore class standing in 20222023 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

If you have questions about PEP or the application process, please contact the PEP
Coordinator, Dr. Jess Magallanes-Evans at

Previous Peer Educators

A group of students in CAPS t-shirts

PEP 2014


PEP 2015

caps pep 2016-17

peer educators 2017-2018