Healthy U
Healthy U

What is Healthy U?

Healthy U is made up of two teams of friendly volunteers who are certified student health educators. We are passionate and knowledgeable about relevant health topics and are available to answer questions, provide information, and connect fellow students to resources.

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Apply to be a Healthy U Volunteer

Do you have a passion for Health and Wellness? Do you want experience and training in health promotion and prevention? Are you interested in an opportunity to be involved in the health and wellbeing of your peers?

Then Healthy U at the University of Manitoba is looking for YOU!

Health and Wellness & the Student Counselling Centre encourages applicants to become Healthy U Volunteers for the 2018-2019 academic year!

What is a Healthy U?

The Healthy U volunteer program is an opportunity for students to become health leaders on campus and gain hands on experience in the field of health promotion and prevention. A Healthy U volunteer is a highly trained individual who is committed to educating their peers and raising awareness on a variety of health and wellness topics related to mental health, substance use, sexual health and relationships that may affect students during their time at university and beyond.

What Do Healthy U Volunteers Do?

  • Provide one-on-one mental health, substance use, sexual health and relationships education through office hours
  • Facilitate workshops/presentations for the campus community
  • Plan, implement and deliver health information through outreach activities and events (displays, tabling);
  • Research, plan and develop outreach materials such as bookmarks, posters, pamphlets and more.
  • Examples of Past Healthy U Initiatives:
    • Sex Pub Trivia Nights in the Hub
    • Stress Management Workshops in the Student Counselling Centre
    • Interactive tabling events including holiday-themed consent and condom giveaways, self-care stations, and U of M mental health resource maps

What are the Benefits of Being Part of Healthy U Volunteers?

  • Gain valuable skills, transferable to the workforce in:
    • Active listening, organization, planning & project development, public speaking, group facilitation, time management, health education, teamwork, communication & interpersonal skills.
  • Gain experience functioning in the field of health and wellness.
  • Be involved in a multi-pronged approach (one-on-one service delivery, workshops/presentations, online content, and outreach) to addressing the health education needs of your fellow peers.
  • Contribute to the betterment of the health and wellness of the entire campus community.
  • Gain a sense of community and belonging by being part of a group of committed, passionate individuals.
  • Be given the opportunity to receive certification in Mental Health First Aid, free-of-charge.
  • Receive health and wellness training from professionals in the field.
  • Receive University of Manitoba co-curricular recognition (CCR)

Who We Are Looking For:

  • Someone who is:
    • committed and caring
    • disciplined and driven
    • creative
    • a team-player
  • Someone who demonstrates:
    • reliability
    • a strong interest in health and wellness.
    • positive energy
    • strong communication skills
    • confidence
    • a willingness to do public speaking and approach students to speak with them
    • a willingness to be a positive role model
    • a familiarity with social media and/or basic computer skills

Requirements for the role:

  • Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 at time of application
  • Attend and complete mandatory training and team building on August 31st & September 4th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Be available each Friday in September from 2:30 – 4:30 pm for additional topic related training
  • Be available each Friday during the academic year from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm for Healthy U team meetings
  • Be committed to the program for an average of 3.5-6 hours per week for the fall and winter terms (includes office hours, team meetings, planning, outreach)
  • Enrolled as a University of Manitoba student for the duration of the 2018-2019 academic year.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview in March 2018

To apply: Please fill out an application form (DOCX), include a resume, references, printed proof of G.P.A. from Aurora online, and either mail, drop off in person, or email to the attention of:

Katie Kutryk, RN BN
Room 469 University Centre
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Volunteer opportunity under the leadership of: Katie Kutryk, RN, Health & Wellness Educator and David Ness, Director of Student Counselling Centre.