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Shore Peer Educators

SHORE stands for Students Helping Others Reach Excellence. SHORE is a student organization that is open for all currently enrolled CCU students to join, regardless of major or class standing.  Members educate their fellow students about healthy living and work with the Live Well Office and Counseling Services staffs to raise awareness about various psychological issues. SHORE members are trained and supervised to provide educational presentations to classes, organizations, teams and other student groups. SHORE also organizes events and creates initiatives relating to mental/emotional health and interpersonal violence prevention. 

SHORE serves as the host chapter on Coastal Carolina University’s campus for Active Minds and Campus Cursive (known as “Love Letter5 4 Chants”), two national organizations which focus on encouragement and advocacy.  These organizations have goals relating to stigma reduction in mental health, and encouraging students to use related resources whenever needed. 

  • Open to all currently enrolled students, regardless of major or class standing;
  • No dues or related fees; and
  • No minimum or maximum hours of commitment required (with the exception of interns who have specific hour requirements to fulfil internship).

Benefits

The benefits to being a peer assistant or peer educator are unlimited. Some of the benefits include:

  • Learning about healthy living for yourself;
  • Having opportunities to help others;
  • Developing or enhancing presentation skills;
  • Building your resume;
  • Enhancing leadership skills;
  • Working closely with a team of others with similar interests;
  • Developing a deeper knowledge of mental/emotional health and violence-prevention related topics;
  • Increasing your network and making friends; and
  • Having FUN!

To join SHORE or to obtain additional information, please contact advisor Chris Donevant-Haines at cdhaines@coastal.edu, or 843-349-5022.

Training

Training consists of a one-day retreat offered on a weekend early in the fall and spring semesters. SHORE members are trained in presentation skills, initiating creative programming, and developing knowledge of various psychological issues. Members are taught to provide programs on many topics that impact college students nation-wide, including:

  • Stress management;
  • Suicide/depression awareness;
  • Adjustment to college life;
  • Dealing with conflict;
  • Healthy relationships;
  • Self-worth building;
  • Body positivity;
  • Sexual and dating violence awareness;
  • Mental health advocacy/stigma reduction; and
  • Other topics based on student interest.

Ongoing training occurs throughout the semester at weekly organization meetings which take place on Mondays in the late afternoon or evening (times may vary each semester).  Specific ongoing training is provided to students who wish to give presentations to classes or other organizations, including “peer matching” offering opportunities for less experienced SHORE members to work in pairs with other members in order to obtain practice and offer high quality presentations.

Responsibilities

Training:  SHORE members are required to participate in all training activities.

Outreach:  Members are encouraged to participate in the planning and implementation of events such as:

  • Doors of Discovery;
  • Love Your Body Day;
  • Take Back the Night march and speakout against sexual violence;
  • The Clothesline Project:
  • Fall Stresstival;
  • Out of the Darkness Walk to Fight Suicide;
  • Countdown Don’t Meltdown:
  • Wellness Week (and the Wellness-Palooza Fair); and
  • Other mental wellness and sexual/dating violence prevention related programming and initiatives.

Outreach Presentations: While it is hoped that SHORE members will provide multiple outreach presentations each semester, those uncomfortable with public speaking can still participate through "behind the scenes" preparation of programs and events. 

Weekly Meetings: Members are encouraged to attend the weekly SHORE meetings held throughout the semester; however, if this is not possible due to scheduling conflicts, the SHORE Coordinator and advisor work together to ensure that members are informed about upcoming opportunities for involvement through regular communication within the organization. 

HISTORY

The SHORE Peer Educators were first formed on CCU’s campus in academic year 2006-07 under the leadership of Dr. Jennie Cassidy, the Assistant Vice President of Campus Life and Student Engagement/Senior Director of Counseling Services. The name “SHORE” was created by the very first group of peer educators.  SHORE initially operated in the Counseling Services Office, moving to a temporary location in the Wall Building during 2014-15 as the University grew.  SHORE was co-located with Women’s Resource Cooperative student organization in The COAST, the former Counseling Services Outreach Office in the Lib Jackson Student Union from 2015-2017.  In Fall of 2017, SHORE eventually found its’ current and permanent home in the LiveWell Office, located in Room B202 of the Lib Jackson Student Union. Current advisor, Chris Donevant-Haines, has served as SHORE’s advisor since 2009.

SHORE has received national recognition by the Health and Well-Being Initiatives of NASPA for Outstanding Peer Program for the Out of the Darkness Walk in 2018. SHORE has also received SILA awards for CCU’s Best Educational Program of the Year for 2014, 2015, and 2017, Best Collaboration award in 2016, the Teal Tradition award in 2016, and the Bell Tower Award for Program of the Year for the Out of the Darkness Walk in 2018.