Wellness Advocate Program

Volunteer With Us!

Prevention and Wellness Services' Wellness Advocates Program is a unique volunteer opportunity for passionate Western students who are committed to enhancing their own health and the health of Western's community. This program allows students to develop meaningful connections with peers and professional mentors as well as build a strong skill set in leadership and education that supports their academic learning and career plans.

Wellness Advocates come from various academic majors and backgrounds, and PWS continually seeks to expand the diversity of this team to increase the unique skill sets and valuable perspectives that WAs contribute to this important work. 

 

What We Do

Wellness Advocates receive training that prepares them to be involved in a variety of health promotion activities that includes:

  • Planning and implementing health promotion events, workshops & campaigns
  • Creating & sharing health promotion content for social media
  • Acting as a knowledgeable and supportive resource for friends and peers
  • Advocating for policies, practices and resources that support the well-being of our campus community

Our Topic Groups

Wellness Advocates participate in one of four topic groups which focus on:

  • Alcohol and drug risk reduction
  • Mental health promotion
  • Sexual violence prevention
  • Sexual health promotion

Program Benefits

Many of our students tell us their experience with the Wellness Advocates program was a highlight of their college career. Students who participate in this program receive: 

  • Increased knowledge & skills to enhance personal and professional growth
  • Expanded network of friends
  • Ongoing support and mentoring from staff
  • Campus leadership opportunities

Program Information and Application Process

We are currently accepting applications for the 2022-2023 cohort of Wellness Advocates! Apply today! See below for more details. 

The Wellness Advocates Program accepts applications throughout the year. Applicants are required to attend an interview and orientation during spring quarter. Within two weeks of your interview, you will be notified whether or not you were selected and if so, which topic group you have been placed in. All Wellness Advocates will complete their topic group training during the week before Fall quarter classes start. Once fully trained, Wellness Advocates will volunteer 3-5 hours per week beginning in Fall as members of their topic group.

See below for detailed information about the application and training process. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please email pws@wwu.edu or call 360-650-2993.

What You Need to Know

The Application Process

  1. Submit a completed Wellness Advocate Application by Sunday, May 9, 2021. 
  2. Participate in the Program Orientation event on Zoom on May 13, 6:30-8pm (details to be provided). 
  3. Participate in an interview during the week of May 17.
  4. Applicants will be emailed a decision letter within two weeks of their interview.

Program Requirements for Accepted Applicants:

  • Attend a full week of Wellness Advocates training during the week before Fall Quarter classes begin (Sept 13-17). 

What Students Say

“The other people in the program are incredible and you get to be part of a really great community.”

“You get to contribute to the health and wellness of Western which is very rewarding.”

“The training you receive will stay with you your whole life, even if you don't work with that subject matter again. The fact that you know about resources, how to seek them out, how to utilize them, and how to refer others so they can receive the help they need is something that will be valuable in whatever you do with your life.”

“The core staff members are a group of amazing people and the nature of the program allows you to develop meaningful relationships with them and they can serve as excellent references for you.”

“Looks great on your resume!”