Men's Wellness Peer Leadership

MWP Peer Leadership Program

Are you a gay, bi, queer, pan, two-spirit or other man who has sex with men? Our community includes trans men, cis men, two-spirit & non-binary people. 

Are you interested in health, wellness, communication, community, resilience and capacity building? Do you want to be part of building communities where we are equipped and empowered to look after our bodies, our minds, and each other? Are you interested in fighting the stigma, discrimination and homophobia standing in the way of justice and health?

If so – our peer leadership program is for you!

Peer Leaders & Educators fill three main roles in AVI’s Men’s Wellness Program:

  • Peer Leaders participate in educational and capacity building workshops. Some of these will be on set topics like H.I.V., sexual health and stigma while other topics will be based on group interest and the feedback.
  • Peer Educators will use the skills and knowledge developed to give back to the community in tangible ways to support GBQ+/msm’s health. This could mean working to support existing programing in AVI’s Men’s Wellness Program – like “Screw Crew” outings delivering safer sex supplies, or writing material for our publication, “Men’s Briefs”, co-facilitating educational workshops, or working together as a group on a keystone project.
  • Peer Leaders participate in focus groups to provide insight and feedback on the curriculum of the Peer Leadership program and other MWP initiatives. We want to draw on experiential knowledge to provide programing and services that meet the needs, wants and interests of our community and we want your help to figure out how to do this. 

Peer Leaders & Educators will be provided with honoraria in two different ways:

  • Participants in Peer Leadership educational and capacity building workshops will be provided with snacks and a small cash stipend. 
  • When sharing experiential knowledge at a focus group, helping to create content or serving as a peer educator (in roles such as he direct outreach, co-facilitating workshops, spacemaking/hosting, or writing for our publication, Men'sBriefs) we are able to awknowledge the work of Peer Educators with $20 an hour honorarium.

Of the alumni from our first two rounds of the peer leadership series, 100% of participants responded affirmatively to the statements: "I felt included today, and throughout the Peer Leadership Series”, “It was worth my time to participate in this leadership series.” and the majoriy responded affiratively to the statement: “After participating in this peer leadership workshop, I feel less internalized stigma, or shame relating to my sexual orientation and/or other aspects of who I am.”

Does this sound like a project that you would be interested in taking part in? Do you have any questions? Please email mwp@avi.org to register or for more information.