The Shore Peer Educators
Who we are
SHORE stands for Students Helping Others Reach Excellence. SHORE is a student organization that invites CCU Students who are enrolled full-time and have a minimum GPA of 2.50, regardless of major or class standing, to apply to become involved. Members educate their fellow students about the Nine Dimensions of Wellness and work with LiveWell staff to raise awareness about various wellness topics. SHORE members are trained and supervised to provide educational presentations to classes, organizations, teams and other student groups. SHORE members organize events and create a variety of initiatives covering many health and wellness areas.
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.
What you can gain
Some of the benefits of becoming a SHORE Peer Educator include:
- Learning about healthy living and self-care;
- 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!
After a student has been selected as a SHORE Peer Educator, they will participate in related trainings. 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 wellness topics. 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;
- Sexual health awareness and prevention;
- Sleep hygiene;
- General wellness topics ; and
- Other topics based on student interest.
Ongoing training occurs throughout the semester at weekly organization meetings (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.
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:
- Love Your Body Day;
- Take Back the Night march and speak out against sexual violence;
- The Clothesline Project:
- Fall Stresstival;
- Suicide Prevention events;
- Countdown Don’t Meltdown:
- Wellness Week (and the Wellness-Palooza Fair); and
- Other wellness and prevention related programming and initiatives.
Outreach Presentations: While it is expected that SHORE members will provide multiple outreach presentations each semester,
Weekly Meetings: Members are required 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.
The SHORE Peer Educators were first formed on CCU’s campus in academic year 2006-07. The name “SHORE” was created by the very first group of peer educators.
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 and 2022.
Review SHORE Peer Educator Position Description (SHORE Peer Educator Position Descripition )
Complete and submit SHORE Peer Educator Application along with 2 Reference Faculty/Staff Reference Forms by Deadline of Monday, September 11, 2023. (SHORE Peer Educator Application Form ; Faculty/Staff Reference Form)