There are many ways to get involved with CROSSROADS and make a difference on campus and in the community! You can be part of our newly formed volunteer group, work in a paid position as a College Mentor or Peer Educator or Graduate Assistant, or get academic credit for a practicum or internship. To get started, sign up for our email list! You will receive one email each week with information on CROSSROADS events and volunteer opportunities. Email email@example.com to sign up.
Leadership Positions: College Mentors and Peer Educators
CROSSROADS Peer Educators promote substance abuse prevention on campus through educational programming, service, and outreach efforts of CROSSROADS. Peer Educators develop and execute ideas for campus events and educational programs on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. They also facilitate presentations to freshman seminar (UNI) classes, Health 105 classes, and student organizations. They are expected to attend CROSSROADS events, actively educate other students, and develop a thorough working knowledge of alcohol and drug issues after training. Peer Educators work 8-10 hours each week. Both paid and volunteer Peer Educator positions are available.
Skills gained through this position include:
• Oral & Written Communication Skills: public speaking, facilitating group discussion
• Interpersonal Skills: empathy and active listening, respect for diverse points of view
• Teamwork Skills: collaboration, conflict resolution
• Initiative: creativity, advocacy
• Analytical Skills: problem solving, organization, program planning
• Leadership Skills: motivating others, peer helping and referral skills
Peer Educator positions for 2013-2014 have been filled. We strongly encourage you to participate in events and volunteer with us if you are interested in being a Peer Educator in the future. Volunteer meetings are Mondays at 4pm in McNeil Hall #1027 for the Spring 2013 semester. Click here to see the 2013-2014 application. Contact Aimee Hourigan for more information about volunteering.
College Mentors are undergraduate or graduate students who work with the Crossroads Pre-College program to deliver our drug abuse prevention program in schools in New Hanover County and nationwide. Crossroads Pre-College is an evidence-based drug abuse prevention program that includes an interactive curriculum and structured out-of-class activities designed to delay and prevent drug use in middle and high school students. The Crossroads Pre-College program relies on a team of specially-trained middle and high school peer educators and teachers to implement the curriculum and out-of-class activities. College Mentors assist in training these teams and provide on-going guidance and assistance and serve as mentors to peer educators as they deliver Crossroads in their schools. Mentors conduct weekly peer educator meetings in local schools and are available for consultation for distance schools through our Call Center. Mentors are required to have their own transportation. These positions are hourly, 8-12 hours per week.
If you are interested in a College Mentor position, please contact Diane Edwards by email or at 910.962.4136.
CROSSROADS is devoted to creating meaningful learning experiences for students. We design each intern or practicum student's experience at CROSSROADS to meet their learning objectives and build desired skills. Some of the experiences students can gain at CROSSROADS include: program planning, public speaking, program evaluation, data analysis, assessment, grant writing and administration, and experience in adolescent substance abuse prevention and health education.
CROSSROADS is involved in a variety of formal and informal research projects and is the recipient of a number of grants. So, there are often research projects that could use student help. Complete this Intern application for more information and to talk with someone about your internship.
Graduate assistants are para-professional members of the CROSSROADS staff. Graduate assistants assist in delivering individual and group motivation enhancing interventions to students, assist in prevention programming for the campus, and coordinate evaluation and assessment activities.
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.