Peers On Wellness
Peers On Wellness (POW) is a student leadership program devoted to promoting health and educating fellow Babson students on a range of wellness topics. POWs are educators, leaders, role models, and resources to the Babson community.
POWs receive extensive training in a variety of topics including, but not limited to: alcohol and other drugs, sexual assault and intimate partner violence, stress management, mental health, nutrition and exercise, eating disorders, sexual health, sleep hygiene, and healthy relationships. Peer educators learn public speaking, group facilitation, and leadership skills. POWs collaborate with Resident Assistants, Peer Mentors, fraternity and sorority chapters, varsity athletic teams, and other student organizations to design and facilitate events and programs for the campus community. They are supervised by professional staff members from the Health and Wellness Department at Babson.
Programs & Services
Educational Programming & Workshops
POW provides educational programs and workshops by request for student organizations, residence halls, and other groups. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a program.
POW also facilitates Got Your BAC and Positive Consent workshops at fall and spring orientations for incoming first year, transfer, and exchange students.
Information & Referrals
POWs are a private resource and trained to listen and help get students connected to more support. POWs are available to listen, answer questions, give information, talk to someone privately about a personal concern, and distribute safer sex products, sleep kits, and other materials.
POW Party Grants
Eating is a great way to reduce harms related to drinking alcohol. POW Party Grants fund food and water for student parties, whether or not alcohol is being served. Visit the POW Party Grant webpage to learn more.
Program Structure & Time Commitment
Each member of POW devotes a minimum of 4–6 hours/week to the program. Each subcommittee and the full membership gather weekly for staff meetings.
Group Development & Communication
Plan and management recruitment and hiring; plan social activities and group bonding; coordinate recognition program and manage communications from agendas/minutes/weekly emails.
Leads planning and coordination efforts for POW signature events and additional events in accordance with holidays and campus events.
Design and develop POW bulletin boards and curricula for RA or student organization/group workshops; train POWs to facilitate and lead all curricula.
Develop and strengthen POW’s brand identity; manage and evaluate social media presence and strategy; support other subcommittees and develop health communication campaigns.
Publications & Public Relations
Solicit and edit articles, design, publish and coordinate distribution of monthly Stall Street Journal; produce alumni newsletters and annual reports.
POW Party Grants
Manages the POW Party Grant program, including awarding grants and party kits, and managing the budget and inventory.
How to Apply
Students can apply to become a POW using the Shared Leadership Application typically made available at the end of the fall semester. Interviews and hiring decisions take place in January/February each year. POWs hired in the spring semester may be required to complete some preliminary training that semester, but officially begin their positions the following August. All POWs must return to campus early for fall training, which begins the week prior to New Student Orientation. For more information about joining POW, please email the Peers On Wellness.