CREWS stands for Creating Respect, Educating Wellness (by and for) Students. CREWS Peer Educators provide essential educational services for campus groups, classes, departments and organizations on ways to lower their risks in the areas of alcohol use and sexual health practices, as well as offering tobacco education.
CREWS Peer Educators receive relevant training to develop and implement presentations and programming, designed to increase positive health behaviors and decision making. They also supply students with resource information about health-related student support services on campus and provide referrals to these services.
Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of students working with students, and our Peer Educators have an immediate understanding of the social and academic pressures CSU students face.
How to Request a Presentation
For a menu of CREWS presentation options and directions on how to make a request, please visit our Presentation Request page.
In order for us to honor your request, we must receive this request no later than 2 weeks prior to your prospective program. After your request has been confirmed, please note that it is your responsibility to do advertising and marketing to ensure your program attendance and success.
CREWS Peer Educators
CREWS Peer Educators are selected from the undergraduate CSU student body to provide relevant health related presentations and outreach. Through their training program, they become Certified Peer Educators in accordance with standards set forth by the BACCHUS Network. The BACCHUS philosophy is that students can play a uniquely effective role in encouraging their peers to consider, talk honestly about, and develop responsible habits and attitudes toward high-risk health and safety issues.
In selecting our CREWS Peer Educators, we look for diversity in our student leaders including:
- Academic majors
- Life experiences and personal perspectives
- Ethnic and cultural diversity
Common characteristics CREWS Peer Educators share include:
- Caring about helping others
- Caring about sharing accurate, up to date resources and information
- Committed to making a difference on our campus, community and planet
- Committed to a non-judgmental approach to health education and risk reduction
Benefits to being a CREWS member include:
- Feeling connected with other on campus.
- CREWS Peer Educators educate their peers through interactive programming, distribution of health information and help other students find appropriate referrals to campus support services.
- Giving you an opportunity to promote healthy behaviors.
- CREWS Peer Educators develop public speaking and program planning skills, enhance their leadership capabilities, and increase their knowledge of health and risk reduction in areas relevant to the college experience.
- Providing you with concrete experience you can speak about when interviewing for jobs and graduate school.
Applying to Become a CREWS Peer Educator
CREWS accepts applications online through the academic school year. Our official recruiting/interview process occurs early every Fall semester. You are welcome to submit your application at any time; however, please note that interviews will not take place until the Fall semester. If you are selected for an on campus interview, we will contact you directly to schedule that interview.
Please follow steps below to submit your on-line application.
- Click here to complete our on-line application and hit submit.
- A CREWS staff member will confirm your application has been received.
- If you are selected for an interview, a CREWS staff member will be in contact with you early Fall semester to schedule an interview time.
Level of Commitment – CREWS Peer Educators are expected to commit to 2 years of service. The majority of our members participate until graduation. Part of the 2 year commitment will involve training and getting to know your fellow members. CREWS Peer Educators on average volunteer between 10-12 hours each month during the school year. This includes regular meetings/trainings with fellow members and staff.
Once Selected – After you are selected into the CREWS Peer Education program, you will complete a comprehensive training program. This training includes specific information about our topical areas and risk reduction around alcohol, sexual health, and tobacco. Training sessions involve lecture, group discussion, facilitation preparation and hands-on presentation skill building. You will have the option of receiving 2 hours of upper level class credit for completing the training.
Thanks for your interest in becoming a CREWS Peer Educator. If you have any further questions regarding the application process please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org