Several of Clayton State University’s Peer Health Educators recently passed the Nationally Certified Peer Educator Exam. Akil Abdur-Raheem (Atlanta), Antoine Lanier Clark (Athens), Charnele Dobbins (McDonough), Ashley Howard (Cleveland), Timothy Jones (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Alethea Rives (Bronx, N.Y.) and Tacita Williams (Jackson, N.J.) each completed a 12-hour training course on-campus
The course was offered by the Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students network (BACCHUS), which focused on “empowering students with the training to educate, confront, listen to, and help their peers make healthy lifestyle choices.” The coursework covered areas such as listening and intervention skills, referral as well as strategies to help change high-risk behavior.
The Clayton State University BACCHUS Peer Health Educators have provided alcohol education programming for the campus community both on and off campus. Some of the programs include the PEERS DUI Simulator held in October to celebrate alcohol awareness month and a Seatbelt Check program held in May as part of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) “Click it or Ticket!” program. Another effort involved having students at Mt. Zion High School sign pledges not to drink on prom night.
“I believe that this training and certification will help empower our Peer Health Educators maximize their effectiveness to help recognize and change risky or troublesome behavior that they may encounter, as well as to maximize their experience as peer health educators,” says Alicia Myrick, coordinator of the Student Conduct Division of Clayton State’s Department of Student Affairs. “Many of the skills learned during the training and exam will help them both on Clayton State University’s campus and beyond.”