REACH (Real Education About College Health) Peer Education
By "Real" we mean peer to peer education, as in honest, authentic, and with information that students can really use to make positive and healthy decisions.
REACH Peer Educators are trained so that they can talk about issues related to the issues and topics that impact so many college students outside of the classroom.
REACH Peer Educators can be from any major and any academic year and will have the opportunity to develop the following skills:
- Public Speaking
- Program Planning
- Networking (both on and off campus)
- Active listening
- Creative Arts/Graphic Design (posters, flyers, etc)
R.E.A.C.H. Sub Groups
A key component of REACH Peer Education are the sub-groups which allow students to focus on a specific area(s) of interest. Below is a description of the 3 sub-groups that exist within REACH
HEAL (Healthy Eating And Living)
Eating Disorders & Body Image
Anxiety & Depression
HEAL works closely with the Counseling Center to organize activities and events for Suicide Prevention Week, National Mental Illness Awareness Week, Depression Screening Day, and National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
CARES (Colligates Advocating Respect Equality and Safety)
- CARES focuses on relationships and the importance of respect and equality: Issues include:
- Relationship/Dating Violence
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Harassment
- Sexual Health
CARES works closely with the Counseling Center to organize activities for Domestic Violence Awareness Month & Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
STAR (Students Teaching Alcohol Responsibility)
- Alcohol Poisoning
- Alcohol Responsibility
- Drinking & Driving
- Drug Abuse & Addiction
STAR will work closely with the Counseling Center to organize activities and events for National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, National Drunk & Drugged Driving Awareness Month, as well as Safe Winter Break & Safe Spring Break Campaigns
What do these signs have in common?
Imagine you are driving down the highway, it is late at night, you are tired, stressed, and anxious to get home. You haven't been paying much attention, and in fact, don't really recall the past mile or so that you have been driving. To your right, you notice a sign that says "55 MPH". You look at your own speedometer and see that you are going 75. You tap the break, slowing down, and on the right you notice a State Trooper waiting to give someone a ticket.
Life happens. We get stressed out. We get caught up in our own "stuff" and forget to pay attention to the consequences. We are anxious and scared and sometimes resort to unhealthy and high-risk behavior because it gives us a sense of release. We are not always thinking about how our decisions in the moment can, and will, impact our future. We don’t always remember the importance to stay alert, to be reminded, and to know that there is direction available to us when we need it.
It is our aim, to encourage Endicott students to step up and help one another. As students, if you see someone "distracted" by life and not thinking clearly about the consequences of their actions, REACH out and do something.
If looking for more information on joining REACH, are a member of Residence Life and would like to book a program, or have any other questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact our advisor, Lindsey Shrayer, Assistant Director of the Counseling Center at email@example.com or at 978-232-2511.
Each month, Student Health 101 is available for the entire Endicott Community. The interactive magazine, personalized for our campus, covers topics from every part of the wellness wheel that impact student success and retention rates. Wellness is a part of every facet of life.