Wellbeing Ambassadors are U of I students who are helping to build a community of hope, help, and strength on campus.
Interested in becoming an Ambassador? Any student who would like to connect to others and help to build resilience on campus is welcome and encouraged to register to join the team! We accept students of all majors and years.
Ambassadors will attend a fun and engaging Sources of Strength Training on September 25th and choose one of three wellbeing tracks to focus on through the rest of the academic year: resiliency & suicide prevention, alcohol harm reduction, or Vandals for Recovery. Ambassadors will work closely with staff mentors and peers to move forward evidence-based initiatives and messaging to impact student health and wellbeing.
Learn more about Wellbeing Ambassadors, nominate students, and register below.
About the Wellbeing Ambassador Program
- Be healthy role models and good stewards of information
- Collaborate with mentors and peers
- Developing and distributing awareness or norming campaigns and
- Co-facilitate programs for peer groups
These four essential responsibilities are what makes this program unique –Ambassadors play a big role in determining the messaging, campaigns, workshops and trainings that come out of the three tracks and make an impact on campus culture.
Engage in the important conversation of alcohol misuse in the campus community and establish long-term initiatives to address high-risk drinking on campus. Use your voice to develop messages and training aimed at preventing alcohol-related harm among peers while focusing on Sources of Strength.
Build U of I’s collegiate recovery community, Vandals for Recovery. Learn and understand the unique needs of students in recovery from substance misuse, develop an education and awareness campaign about recovery in academia, and create supportive, social spaces for students in recovery to thrive.
The goal of this track is build resilience on campus through student interactions based in the upstream model. Students will develop and deliver ways to create connection, share messages of hope, help, and strength, and enhance the strengths that fellow students already have and are hoping to enhance.
Sources of Strength
Family support can help us through tough times: whether related by blood or choice, these are the people who support, nurture and care for us.Connect with Family
Positive friends lift us up, make us laugh, are honest with us, and are there for us when we need them. We can get connected through mutual interests or activities on campus.Get Connected
A mentor is an experience person who shares their insight to help guide us, and help us draw on our own strengths to be the best version of ourselves.Find a Mentor
When we feel stressed, Healthy Activities, whether they are social, physical, or emotional – help us unwind, lift our mood, and gain clarity.Browse Activities
Generosity can look a lot of different ways, from donating money or time, to being intentionally kind too other people. These acts of kindness towards others, big or small , can make an impact on how we feel about ourselves.Volunteer
Spirituality is practiced many different ways, but at its core we consider it what gives us a sense of purpose and connection in our spirit.Explore Resources
When we are injured, we don’t have to stay in pain. Physical and social/emotional pain are often integrated and it’s important to take care of our bodies, hearts, and minds.Get Active
Mental Health is about getting the support we need and deserve to help us when we are struggling.Find Support