Apply to be a SHARE Support Specialist
The Longhorn SHARE Project recruits a new group of students to become SHARE Support Specialists each Fall to begin peer support training the following Spring. Any student (undergraduate or graduate) with a GPA above 2.0 and a graduation date of Spring 2025 or later is eligible to apply.
The application for the Spring 2024 SHARE Support Specialist cohort is open! Submit your application here by Tuesday, October 31st , 2023.
Students selected for the program are expected to participate for at least three consecutive semesters. For their training, students enroll in HED 370K: Foundations of Peer Support and Social Wellness (carries an Ethics flag) in the Spring, followed by Mental Health First Aid training in August and 2-4 hours per week of peer support activities + weekly cohort debrief time the following Fall and Spring semester in HED 178E and HED 178F, respectively.
SHARE Support Specialists will have the option to continue in their roles beyond the 3rd semester if they wish. Current and past peers may also share ideas and contribute to new initiatives as members of the SHARE Student Advisory Group. Current trained peers may also assist with recruitment and training of the incoming SHARE Support Specialist cohort. Some opportunities may be compensated.
As a new sponsored student organization, Longhorn SHARE Connections seeks to create more opportunities for students to expand awareness, access, and impact of mental health peer support across the University of Texas at Austin. We welcome anyone that cares about mental health and has a passion for making our campus into a supportive space! Email Sunny Koganti for more information.
Want to learn more about Longhorn SHARE Project services or SHARE Support Specialist recruitment, or get added to our email list? Interested in collaborating with us or supporting the growth of mental health peer support at UT Austin? Contact Adrian Lancaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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