What is the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Student PEER Educator Program?
The Student Peer Educator Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program will provide valuable opportunity for NEIU undergraduate and graduate students of all majors to heighten campus awareness as part of the overall NEIU Alcohol and Drug Awareness Prevention strategy. The primary purpose of program is for students to offer outreach, resources and referral to help impact alcohol and drug prevention and awareness in a fun, enjoyable and healthy way.
The program will offer training on college age use, effects, prevention options, healthy alternatives and campus related policy. A significant amount of research on college students have found peer-to-peer education offer life saving learning opportunities and involved students are more likely to be successful, achieve their educational and personal goals and graduate from the institution.
What can I gain from being a Student Peer Educator?
In today’s world, employers seek college graduates who demonstrate learning in and out of the classroom, community service,, team work and excellent communication skills. The Student Peer Educator program will prepare participants who represent the rich diversity of education, urban life experiences, and background within the NEIU community. Student Peer Educators will represent those interested or planning for careers, employment or graduate work in the “helping” fields. Social Work, Justice Studies and Education majors are a few examples. Other incentives include communication skill enhancement, support and exchange of ideas with others, participation in campus outreach and activities, campus recognition and much more. The program serves to build each members capacity in these areas, while also providing opportunity for learning, team work and campus community leadership.
What are the requirements of being a Student Peer Educator?
Interested students must demonstrate potential in areas related to communication, student leadership, committed to teamwork, and wanting to make a difference in their community. Students interested in applying should meet the following minimal requirements:
- 2.5 GPA at Northeastern Illinois University and in good academic standing
- Make a two-semester commitment to the program
- Willing to learn, practice and present scripted information
- Desire to raise awareness, be a leader and role model
- Attendance at MANDATORY interview and trainings:
- Interviews TBD
- Training Dates: TBD
- Be available during 1 Activity Hour on the second and four week of each month (Thursdays) for training and/or presentations, planning meeting or outreach.
How do I become a member of the Student PEER Educators?
Please complete the application below or print and return this PDF to the Dean of Students Office (B-119). Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview and newly selected PEP members will be notified soon thereafter.