Hello! We are HOPE – Health Outreach Peer Educators – a student organization at The College of William and Mary. Our goal is to provide the William & Mary community with up to date and reliable health information. As an accountable resource to the community, we strive to facilitate an on-going dialogue about health issues. We primarily work with the Office of Health Promotion and the Student Health Center to achieve our goal. We see it as our job to communicate in whatever way possible the most useful health information to our peers.
HOPE is divided into four branches:
Each branch promotes different events and programs that pertain to their focus. These include Condoms in CSU, presentations on various health issues pertaining to sexual health, mental health, and substance abuse, the 21st birthday card program, and various awareness weeks including Alcohol Awareness Week and Sexual Responsibility Week. For a complete list of our services, click here.
All peer health educators are selected through an application process that commences each fall. After students are granted admission into the program, they all must satisfactorily complete EDUC 350: Peer Health Education. For more information about joining HOPE, please visit our recruitment page or contact our Recruitment Chair, Lauren Dybel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fish Bowl’s Hours
Our office hours in the Fish Bowl are:
Wednesday: 1pm – 3pm
Thursday: 3pm – 5pm
Friday: 1pm – 3pm
Belief in HOPE’s mission
Members of HOPE adhere to the notion that we are here to provide reliable and relevant health information to our peers which means knowing the facts and not being afraid to say “I don’t know” when you don’t know and then trying to find that information for a peer.
Dedication, Responsibility and Honesty
Members of HOPE realize that being a part of this organization is committing to a year-long internship and fulfilling requirements for attendance at weekly meetings, programming and recruitment. As a member of HOPE you have a responsibility to the organization and to the campus to do your best to educate your peers honestly and accurately.
HOPE is an organization that speaks to the campus community about leading a healthy lifestyle and therefore members of HOPE are expected to follow the same guidelines of a healthy lifestyle in their lives outside of HOPE which they portray when representing the organization.
Willingness to Help and to Understand
Members of HOPE realize they are a resource to other students who may come to them seeking advice about difficult and potentially personal subject matter. HOPE members maintain a nonjudgmental attitude and recognize that the experience within our community varies greatly and attempt to provide all students with available resources and accurate advice knowing that come problems are bigger than they are and may require professional help.
Recognition that as a peer educator you may learn personal and private information about individuals that is not to be shared with others. When a member of HOPE needs assistance in providing a peer with advice and/or information (s)he can strategically reveal information to a professional staff member of another peer without breaking confidentiality.
Listening Skills and Patience
Peer Educators recognize that listening is an important part of communication both when in the position of an educator and a student. They are patient in difficult situations and are always keeping their ears open so that they may expand their knowledge base and in order to be a great resource.
Being a member of HOPE requires frequent interaction within the William and Mary community and in front of groups in a way that accurately conveys our mission and specific information. Furthermore, the branch system of HOPE requires members to openly communicate with one another and to maintain clear lines of communication in order to successfully achieve our goal.
As a member of HOPE students are part of a team whose goal is to provide reliable and relevant information to the campus community. Members are dedicated to the team and earnestly fulfill all responsibilities to the group as well as to other group members.
Passion and Knowledge About a Variety of Aspects of Student Health
Peer Educators are an energetic, compassionate and informed resource for the campus community. We work hard to be familiar with resources and basic information concerning substance abuse, mental and sexual health.
Thanks for checking us out and be sure to pass the word along about our useful website! Stay healthy!
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