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Why volunteer with 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, sexual health and substance use that may affect students during their time at university and beyond.

What do Healthy U volunteers do?

Healthy U volunteers provide mental health, sexual health, and overall wellness education through office hours, outreach events, workshops and presentations to groups, and online content.

Once per week, each Healthy U volunteer will be required to fill drop-in office hours for 2 hours per week to create blog posts and online content. Office hours are not required during the final examination period – Healthy U volunteers are invited to volunteer to staff office hours during those times.

Twice per semester, volunteers will plan, design, create and host an interactive online outreach event, presentation or workshop event to educate University of Manitoba students on health related topics.

Contribute to online health and wellness content including social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook) on health-related topics, contribute to the Healthy U Blog as well as promote Healthy U activities through UM Today, Student Weekly, etc.

Promoting health and wellness resources on and off campus.

Collaborate with other student groups or organization/departments on campus to address specific health and wellness needs by supporting, collaborating and attending health and wellness related events.

What is expected of Healthy U volunteers?

Students who are chosen to be part of the program are required to:

  • Attend and complete mandatory training and team-building on September 7th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and September 9th from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm.
  • Be available each Friday in September from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for additional topic-related training.
  • Be available each Friday during the academic year from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. for Healthy U team meetings.
  • Be committed to the program for an average of 3.5 to 6 hours per week for the fall and winter semesters.
  • Commit to the program for the 2021-2022 academic term.
  • Intend to return as a University of Manitoba student in the 2021-2022 academic year

What are the benefits of being part of Healthy U?

  • Develop highly sought-after skills transferable to the workforce.
  • 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 address the health education needs of your peers.
  • Contribute to the betterment of the health and wellness of the entire campus community.
  • Be trained and supervised by health and well-being professionals.
  • Gain a sense of community and belonging by being part of a group of committed, passionate individuals.
  • Take Mental Health First Aid.
  • University of Manitoba Co-Curricular Record recognition.

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

Apply to become a Healthy U volunteer

 

Applications to volunteer with Healthy U during the 2021/2022 academic year are now open! Head to our website for more information.

Health and Wellness office
Room 469 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellor’s Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.