Office of Sexual Violence, Prevention, Education and Response

MAVEN Peer Education Program

Call for volunteers | All Students | May 15

MacEwan Anti-Violence Education Network (MAVEN) Peer Education Program offers a unique and valuable opportunity to receive comprehensive training on sexual violence prevention. When you complete the training, you become a Peer Educator and are given opportunities to create a culture of consent at MacEwan by facilitating workshops and assisting with outreach activities.

This program is designed to foster and support student leadership, recognizing that you are a powerful agent for social change.

 

Benefits of being a MAVEN Peer Educator

  • Develop in-depth knowledge about sexual violence

  • Develop skill and confidence in public speaking and workshop facilitation.

  • Learn to effectively communicate complex information to small and large audiences.

  • Develop event planning and community engagement abilities.

  • Gain skills to support survivors of sexual violence.

  • Receive letters of recommendation on request.

  • Receive a co-curricular record of your volunteer service.

  • Build your resumé for graduate school and/or employment.

  • Experience personal and professional growth.

  • Learn to advocate for social change.

  • Become part of the movement to build a campus and a world without sexual violence.

  • Connect with other students who are passionate about creating a culture of consent.

 

COVID-19 pandemic considerations

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to create uncertainly about what the 2021-22 academic year will look like. We are committed to following public guidelines and prioritizing the health and well-being of MacEwan students above all.

If in-person activities are not possible in Fall 2021, we will deliver training online. A hybrid of online and in-person delivery is likely. We will also adapt Peer Educator responsibilities as needed. Adapted Peer Educator activities will involve creating educational content such as blogs, videos, podcasts, and infographics, as well as creating content for OSVPER’s social media channels. Whether in-person or online, we are committed to providing meaningful opportunities for Peer Educators to develop their communication skills and engage the campus community in dialogue about sexual violence.



Eligibility

This volunteer opportunity is open to students of all genders who are registered at MacEwan University during the 2021/22 school year. Candidates must be 18 years of age or older at the time of application. We are looking for empathetic, non-judgmental and dedicated individuals who want to contribute to the campus community in a meaningful way. In particular, we are looking for students with strong time-management skills, who are familiar with campus life, have a willingness to learn new skills and a desire to actively contribute to a world without violence.

Requirements

  • MAVEN Peer Educators are required to complete 52 hours of training in Fall 2021. Attendance at all training sessions is mandatory. Dates for 2021/22 training sessions:

Dates Times
Thursday, August 21 5 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, August 21 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 22 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, August 24 5 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, August 26 5 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, August 28 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, August 30 5 – 9 p.m.
Wednesday, September 1 5 – 9 p.m.
Wednesday, September 8 5 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, September 11 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 16 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, January 8 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Peer Educators are expected to regularly attend weekly team meetings throughout the academic year, held on Monday afternoons from 4 to 6 p.m.

  • Peer Educators must be able to dedicate 5-15 hours per month to facilitating anti-sexual violence workshops and supporting OSVPER outreach activities on campus or online.

  • Peer Educators must commit to both Fall and Winter semesters in the 2021/22 academic year.

Selection process

The selection process has four steps:

  1. Complete and submit the MAVEN Peer Educator application no later than May 15, 2021.

  2. Short-listed applicants will be invited to take part in an interview with the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator, beginning in March. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

     

  3. Successful candidates attend extensive volunteer training during August and September 2021.

  4. Following training, Peer Educators will meet individually with OSVPER staff to confirm each volunteer’s areas of interest and to support ongoing skill development.

 

Applications due Wednesday, May 15, 2021.

 

Application form

Information package

 

Questions?

For further information please contact Roxanne Runyon, Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator.