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2017-2018 - BCCU - Health Educator - New
January 19, 2018Health Educator
January 22, 2018
January 26, 2018  

Volunteer Description

Position Description
Peer Health Exchange (PHE) is a non-profit social justice organization that empowers young people with the knowledge and skills to make healthy decisions. We do this by training college students to teach a skills-based health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education.  
PHE Health Educators (HEs) are volunteers. They learn to teach two of the PHE workshops, and teach them in public high schools. 
Time Commitment
  • Full academic year
  • Four to six hours per week to:
    • Teach at least one workshop each week
    • Attend a Volunteer Orientation and Volunteer Training Retreat in the fall (dates TBD)
    • Attend weekly Workshop Group meetings throughout the year
    • Practice independently, as needed

PHE HEs will:
  • Learn two PHE workshops and how to teach them effectively
    • Attend the mandatory PHE Volunteer Orientation
    • Attend the mandatory Volunteer Training Retreat 
    • Attend mandatory weekly Workshop Group meetings led by a Leadership Council (LC) Member
    • Incorporate direction and evaluation from their LC Member in order to develop and improve their teaching skills
    • Pass Teaching Skills Evaluations for workshops
  • Teach their PHE workshops
    • Teach workshops in PHE partner high schools at least once per week for the entire academic year
    • Observe other PHE workshops
  • Make PHE an extracurricular priority

PHE is looking for someone who:
  • Is committed to the PHE mission, meaning they believe in the potential of young people and are dedicated to empowering them with the knowledge, skills and resources to make healthy decisions. 
  • Wants to deepen their understanding of health and education access in NYC, and engage local communities with respect and cultural humility.
  • Has excellent speaking and teaching skills, and is willing to develop and improve their teaching ability by receiving and providing feedback.
  • Will commit four to six hours per week, including all mandatory meetings and teaching at least one workshop a week for the entire academic year.
  • Will respond promptly to all communication from PHE staff and other volunteers.
  • Is a full-time undergraduate student.

PHE HEs will:
  • Provide a valuable service to public high school students who are not receiving health education.
  • Help build an effective, replicable model of health education.
  • Develop strong teaching, facilitation and classroom management skills while gaining first-hand classroom experience.
  • Become an expert in health topics.
  • Develop friendships with a diverse group of fellow students and be an integral part of the campus community. Help build a lasting campus organization by recruiting friends and classmates. 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the public service, public health and education sectors.
  • Learn about career, job and internship opportunities, and develop valuable interview and job skills.
  • Receive recommendations and references for graduate school, internships, fellowships, awards and jobs.
  • Be eligible to apply for leadership positions within their college chapter, and to apply for jobs at PHE after graduation. 

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