SWEET (Student Wellness Education and Empowerment Team)

Student Wellness Education and Empowerment Team
Peer Educator Job Description

SWEET’s Mission:
A group of students committed to keeping the Wentworth student body well-informed about health and wellness topics and empowering them to change their behavior in a positive, interactive, fun and nonjudgmental manner. Topics include alcohol and other drugs; safer sex; stress management; sleep; nutrition; fitness; body image; mental health; tobacco use; healthy relationships; sexual violence prevention.  SWEET members are advised by Amber Connors, the Coordinator of Wellness Education.  

Wellness Education’s Mission:
The mission of the Office of Wellness Education at Wentworth Institute of Technology is to support student success by educating and empowering students to engage in healthy behaviors and decision-making around issues relating to alcohol and other drugs, relationships and sexual health, sleep, stress, nutrition, and fitness. Wellness Education messaging and programs are grounded in evidence-based health promotion strategies.

Goals of SWEET:

  • To reach a large portion of the student body with current information on health and wellness issues and challenges that effect the Wentworth community
  • To encourage students to examine their attitudes concerning issues of wellness and to encourage them to pursue positive behavioral changes
  • To raise awareness of national collegiate trends in health and wellness

Characteristics:

  • Genuine interest in peer health education and promotion programs offered by the Office of Wellness Education
  • Demonstrates the ability to balance academic performance and co-curricular work
  • Serve as a responsible role model both on and off campus representing Wellness Education and WIT.
  • Ability to relate, in a significant way, to other individuals 
  • A cooperative, mature, and nonjudgmental attitude towards sensitive health and wellness topics 
    • Must be comfortable discussing these issues openly with peers
  • Comfortable speaking in front of a group
  • Willingness to work within the framework and policies of WIT and Wellness Education.
  • An attitude that will promote healthy lifestyle choices for self and others 
  • Ability to think creatively and innovatively 

Responsibilities

  • To work with the SWEET peer educators and the Coordinator of Wellness Education to assess the wellness needs of the campus and devise relevant programmatic goals for the semester
  • Use the SWEET programming framework to collaborate with fellow peer educators to design and implement wellness programming throughout each semester.
  • Depending on the needs of the group and of the campus, these programs may include hall programs, national awareness days (World AIDS Day, Alcohol Awareness Week, etc.) holiday-themed programs (Halloween, Valentine’s Day), blood drives, and other WIT events (COF Wellness Fair, Activities Fair, etc.)
  • Each SWEET peer will need to take the lead/co-lead on at least 1 program per semester
  • To facilitate workshops and deliver presentations on health and wellness topics to meet requests from other organizations across campus 
  • To maintain a visible presence on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr) to promote the group and encourage positive behavior change among fellow students
  • To share knowledge about on and off campus resources with the Wentworth community during programs and workshops
  • Assume an active role in keeping channels of communication open between yourself, the student coordinator, and the supervisor 
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism

Requirements:

  • Attend weekly, 1-hour staff meetings (time is determined based on the availability of the collective group)
  • Hold 2 consecutive office hours each week in the Center for Wellness & Disability Services for program planning 
  • Meet biweekly 30 minute, 1:1 meetings with the Coordinator of Wellness Education
  • Available evening/weekend hours as needed (based on the programming calendar)
  • Support and assist, when necessary, with the programs put on by Wellness Education
  • Attend intensive training one weekend in September 2017 (dates/time determined based on the availability of the collective group)
  • Attend a SWEET retreat in January 2018

Qualifications:

  • Completion of the Leadership Institute Phase 1 by August 1, 2016 
  • Completion of WIThero: Creating a Proactive Community by August 1, 2016*
  • Completion of WIThero: Standing Against Sexual Violence by August 1, 2017*

*If students have already completed WIThero: Creating a Proactive Community, they must complete WIThero: Standing Against Sexual Violence by August 1, 2016, and vice versa. Listings for WIThero workshops can be found at http://wit.edu/withero.   

Compensation:

  • SWEET members are paid a stipend of $40.00.  
  • SWEET apparel