SPARKS Peer Education

"SPARKS (Students Promoting Awareness, Responsibility, Knowledge, and Success) is a group of authentic and accepting peer educators, leaders and advocates who have a variety of passions and interests related to health, wellness and social justice. We empower students to make value-based choices by facilitating a nonjudgmental space to engage in supportive, open-minded conversations with peers. Through education, awareness, and collaborations we connect peer with further resources and encourage them to develop personal and community wellness."

About:

SPARKS Peer Educators are a team of responsible student leaders who provide health-related programming and serve the Elon University community as health resources, in order to enhance the well being of their peers. Topics addressed by SPARKS include, but are not limited to: self-esteem/body image, alcohol education, sexual assault, sexual health, prescription drugs, and stress management.  SPARKS Peer Educators invite students to think critically about these and other health issues by raising questions, facilitating discussion, and disseminating health information.  SPARKS Peer Educators develop a multitude of skills, such as: leadership, public speaking, goal setting, time management, team work, program planning and evaluation. All of these skills prove useful in life and future careers.

SPARKS' Activities:

Education through Workshops, Presentations & Conversation

  • Invite SPARKS Peer Educators into your class, residence hall, team or organization to facilitate conversations about many different health and wellness topics including alcohol use, consent, mental health, self-care, sexual violence, safer sex practices, sleep and nutrition!

Awareness through Engaging Events

  • SPARKS Peer Education puts on over 15 events and campaigns throughout the year on many different health topics and collaborates with dozens of campus and community partners.

Student Development and Support

  • SPARKS have been trained in active listening and motivational interviewing in order to provide one-on-one mentoring and support for students around health and wellness issues. They are extremely knowledgeable about campus resources can connect students to other programs or staff who can best help their peers.

Infusion of Health into Campus Life

  • SPARKS Peer Educators work with various student organizations and student leaders to promote health and wellness in students’ communities, including partnering with Fraternity & Sorority Life for the social event manager training.

Promote Services for Healthy Living

  • SPARKS works with the Department of Health Promotion to provide Substance Free Event Grants, Safer Sex Supply Delivery and free STI Testing with Alamance Cares.

Click HERE for a full list of presentations and workshops we offer!

To sign up for a workshop or presentation please fill out this form or contact Becca Bishopric Patterson at bbishopric@elon.edu!

You can also contact elonsparks@elon.edu for more information.