The California Community Colleges Student Wellness Ambassador Program is a component of the California Community Colleges Health & Wellness. The Student Wellness Ambassador Program trains CCC students to serve as advocates and conduct peer outreach for mental health and wellness.
Student Wellness Ambassadors are trained in mental health and wellness topics in preparation for a semester of service. Activities include:
- Working to decrease stigma around mental health
- Collaborating with a faculty adviser
- Planning and conducting outreach for mental health events and activities
- Disseminating mental health and wellness information from Each Mind Matters, SanaMente, and other sources
- Connecting peers to available campus and statewide resources
Student Wellness Ambassador Outreach Application
(2020-2021 Academic Year)
This opportunity is open to students who will attend a California Community College (statewide) during the 2020-2021 Academic Year. This is a PAID opportunity.
End the stigma surrounding mental health! Each Mind Matters!
The Student Wellness Ambassador Program is a component of the California Community Colleges Health and Wellness Initiative. This program is designed for students who would like to help their peers on their campus and in their community learn more about mental health and wellness resources. This program will train students to be Wellness Ambassadors who will serve at their California Community College.
Ambassadors will help their peers’ access services, conduct outreach, disseminate mental health materials, and help decrease the stigma around mental health and wellness. As a Wellness Ambassador, you will be eligible to receive a stipend of $1,175 throughout the course of the academic year by doing health and wellness outreach activities.
Wellness Ambassadors will be trained by staff of the Foundation for California Community Colleges via online training modules and web-based training and meetings. During Fall 2020 Semester, you will complete E-Outreach activities (social media posts, online classroom presentations, email blasts, etc.). During Spring 2021 (depending on the pandemic-related closures & safety protocols) you will be trained to shift to in-person outreach on your campus (tabling, events, classroom presentations, handing out flyers, etc.) This opportunity will provide professional development experience, hands-on training, and networking opportunities.
The application period will open on May 20, 2020 and close on June 8, 2020.
Ambassadors will be notified early July 2020.Apply for the Wellness Ambassador Program
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Spotlight on Student Wellness Ambassadors at Moreno Valley College
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Mercedes Barbara, Student Wellness Ambassador
Spotlight on Student Wellness Ambassadors at Bakersfield College
The goal as a mental health ambassador was to create buzz and awareness about the different resources that are out there in our community, on and off campus. On May 3 as part of mental health awareness month, Bakersfield College and SHAWAC On May 3, 2019, Student Ambassadors hosted an event that gave a lot of cool gadgets and information to help relieve some stress. There were also some moments of truth when asking the students if they knew we had mental health counselors on campus and if they knew where it was located.
From Mataalofa Hubbard and Annette Brasher, Student Wellness Ambassadors, and Raymond Purcell, Advisor, at Bakersfield College
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Words by Jessica Cabanos and Laura Praskin
CCC Health & Wellness and the Student Wellness Ambassador Program is funded by the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) and is administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) on behalf of California counties and cities.