The role of the Advisor is critical
Thank you for visiting this page to learn more about the role of the Advisor. Advisors are an essential component of the Preconception Peer Educator (PPE) Program because they provide direction for students' outreach and educational efforts and help with integrating the PPE program on campus and in the community. Advisors guide the students in the development; implementation and monitoring of their work plan and will also help to connect them with local community organizations and health departments. As students graduate, Advisors play a key role in the sustainability of the program and in developing new leaders.
Who can serve as an advisor?
From our standpoint, any faculty or staff associated with a college or university can serve as an Advisor for the PPE program as long as they are passionate about the program and about working with students and communities. Check with your school to ensure that there are no campus-specific requirements for serving in the capacity of advisor to an on-campus organization.
Typically Advisors have some experience in the health or social work field; although, this is not required, and Advisors with other backgrounds and experiences are encouraged!
Advisors should be capable of meeting the responsibilities detailed below.
To help ensure the success of the program and to provide leadership opportunities for students and the Advisor, some responsibilities that are asked of the Advisor are listed below:
Work with students to develop relationships with community organizations so that they can serve as partners in PPE efforts. College/university campuses may already have relationships established--for example schools in the area that may serve as valuable partners for PPE projects. For example, PPEs may enjoy mentoring a high school student, providing support and encouragment for him/her to graduate high school and apply for college.
Guide and mentor students to ensure their full participation and encourage them to receive credit for their work by complying with reporting requirements.
Discuss with students ways to make the PPE Program academically meaningful to them. In the past, students have used the PPE Program for service learning credit, independent studies, research, etc.
That said, most Advisors find that their participation in the program to be a very rewarding one and allows them to become more involved in campus and community activities. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.