Peer Outreach Program (POP!)

Three students in SMC campus center educating others

Mission

UMB’s POP! experience promotes health, balance, and wellbeing through programming, education, and leadership. As trained advocates, we adapt to the ever-changing needs of the diverse UMB community to elevate student wellness as a priority.

Vision

As peer educators, we strive to empower our peers to prioritize health and wellbeing during their graduate school experience at UMB. We believe that valuing health and personal wellbeing contributes to personal and professional success, meaning we want students to be well, so they can do well.

What is a Peer Educator?

Peer educators are leaders, role models and teachers. The POP! experience gives students the chance to educate their peers about the importance of making healthy decisions, and while gaining public speaking skills, increasing confidence, building rapport with classmates and faculty, and taking on an important leadership role on campus and in the community.

UMB POP! is comprised of a group of students who are committed to empowering and educating the UMB community about health and wellbeing. As a team, POP! educators provide:

  • Presentations for student organizations, residence halls, and
  • Educational resources to students through tabling events
  • Collaborate with student organizations on campus to create and promote relevant events.

POP! educators are encouraged to work together to provide creative programming related to their areas of interest and/or to address specific campus needs Ssuch topics include, but are not limited to alcohol, body image, mental health and wellbeing, nutrition, sleep, smoking and vaping, sexual health and relationships, substance use and recovery.

Want to join our team? POP! Educators are trained virtually through NASPA’s Certified Peer Educator (CPE) program. The program takes about 10 hours. At the conclusion of the training, you will complete the CPE Certification Test. Upon successful completion, you will receive your certification materials. 

For more information, email the Wellness Hub at wellness@umaryland.edu.