The California Community Colleges Wellness Ambassador Program trains community college students to serve as advocates for the mental health and wellness of their peers. Student Wellness Ambassadors support the California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program and are a part of California’s mental health movement Each Mind Matters. Launching for the 2018-19 academic year, the program will pilot at 15 colleges.
By using a peer outreach model, the program aims to encourage healthy habits linked with increased student success in college. Ambassadors will increase awareness among their peers about mental health and wellness supports. They will work to build a nexus of support for their peers by learning about and collaborating with health centers, foster youth liaisons, homeless youth liaisons, wellness centers, food pantries, and mental health counselors. The program is funded by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA).
Become an ambassador
Student Wellness Ambassadors gain valuable work experience and build lifelong skills while serving their community. Wellness ambassadors receive a modest stipend for their service and must be enrolled at least part-time at a California Community College. Applications for the 2019-20 academic school year are now open. To apply, complete the Online Application Form.