The REACH (Real Education About College Health) peer education program heightens students’ awareness and understanding of health issues that directly affect their lives such as alcohol and other drugs, tobacco use, social life, HIV/AIDs, sexuality, self-esteem, peer pressure, relationships and healthy decision making. Additionally, peer educators sharpen their communication and leadership skills while also earning 4 credits a semester.
Developed in 1999, our program was the first college health initiative to use a “street outreach” format. This means:
- Peer educators, working in pairs, engage students in their everyday environments across campus — dining halls, University Union, bus stops, recreational halls, study lounges and more.
- Rather than lecturing at students about what they should or shouldn’t do, REACH educators have short, focused conversations with fellow students about a particular health topic. Themes include:
- Sexual risk reduction
- How to use male and female condoms
- Accessing healthcare
- The importance of skincare and sunscreen
- Germ-free technology
- Flu/H1N1 prevention and flu immunization clinics
- Sleep awareness
- Stress management
- Educators are armed with an iPod Touch with short, student-created (and hilarious) videos on various health topics.
- Student educators also carry a tote bag filled with free educational materials, tobacco quit kits, sunscreen, germ-free technology kits, lubricant and condoms.
- REACH educators participate in special initiatives such as “dorm storms,” health fairs, health awareness campaigns, special events and more.
- The program provides 4 credits per semester (up to 8 credits total). (Learn more about being a REACH peer educator.)
Talk to us
If a pair of REACH educators approaches you on campus, feel free to talk with them about your health and wellness, and don’t be afraid to ask questions since all conversations are strictly confidential. You can also e-mail us at REACH@binghamton.edu
Peer educators provide valuable information to fellow students, hone their communication and leadership skills, earn credit (4 credits per semester for a maximum of 8 credits through the Career Development Center) and have a great time!
- REACH interns must undergo an application process and, once selected, must be trained in health issues.
- There are 18–24 peers each semester.
- Peer educators make a one-year commitment to the program and serve 10–12 hours per week.
- We are now accepting applications for future Fall 2013 R.E.A.C.H peers! You can access the application here. Just log-in with your PODS username and password. Applications are due by March 22nd!
Disclaimer: Health Education is part of the Decker Student Health Services Center at Binghamton University. Health Education maintains this site as a resource for Binghamton students, but the site isn’t intended to replace consultation with your medical providers. No site can replace real conversation and examination. Health Education offers no endorsement of and assumes no liability for the currency, accuracy or availability of the information on the sites we link to or the care provided by the resources listed. If you aren’t a Binghamton student, but are in need of medical assistance, please call your healthcare provider, or in the case of an emergency, dial 911.