• The New You: Peer Health Advocacy

    The New You is The New School’s Peer Health Advocacy program, advised by Wellness and Health Promotion staff. Volunteer student leaders with a passion for health develop programs and services for their fellow students. Working with one another and health educators, these peer health advocates (PHAs) receive training in health education, promotion, advocacy, and leadership skills. They may facilitate interactive health education programs in classes, residence halls, public spaces, and online, or develop promotional materials and Web-based applications related to health. Students have opportunities for training in health-related areas of particular interest.

    In addition to offering volunteer and stipend options, The New You is a placement site for both Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and the Schools of Public Engagement.

    Examples of work done by PHAs

    • Creating and leading body positivity support groups and social events
    • Starting a collective called Sex-E with the mission of spreading Radical Sex Education
    • Starting a weekly drop-in for the LGBTQIAGNC student community
    • Leading stress management and emotional wellness events with music, acupressure, food, and massage
    • Creating the Microaggression workshop, offered to students, staff, and faculty 

    PHA training is offered off-site once a year, in the fall term. The 2017 dates are September 22–24. If you are interested in becoming a PHA, fill out this form by September 5. For questions or more information, contact Wellness and Health Promotion at wellness@newschool.edu