Men's Wellness Peer Leadership

MWP Peer Leadership Program

AIDS Vancouver Island’s Men’s Wellness Program is accepting registrants for our 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 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  participate in educational and capacity building workshops. Some of these will be on topics that are important for GBQ+ men’s health, like info about H.I.V. and sexual health, while other topics will be based on group interest and the feedback that we get from Peer Leaders.
  • As a keystone project during each Peer Leadership group, newly trained 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”. Or this could be an idea for an awesome new project that you bring to the program.  After the Peer Leadership program ends, we hope that participants will stay involved with the MWP program as Peer Educators - leading outreach efforts, co-facilitating workshops, or otherwise serving as the Men’s Wellness Program and the community.

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/programing or serving as a peer educator in diverse roles such as he direct outreach, co-facilitating workshops, spacemaking/hosting, or writing for our publication, Men'sBriefs, we are able to honour the work of Peer Educators with $20 an hour honorarium.

We recently completed the first round of our Peer Leadership program, and are excited to have Peer Educators involved in the delivery of the next Peer Leadership series, which is scheduled to being on February 25th, and run as a 4-5 week series on Sundays at City Studio, 742 Johnson Street.

At our first meeting (1 PM, Sunday, February 25th) we will do introductions, group agreements, goal setting and curriculum buildling and a short interactive activity or two. 

At 3 PM, we will be joined by Chad Dickie who will facilitate a workshop on the Wellness Wheel. For more information about the Wellness Wheel:http://www.sfu.ca/students/health/resources/wellness/wheel.html Chad Dickie is active in community in a number of ways, including serving as the current Chair of AVI's Board. His Wellness Wheel Workshop at our earlier "Men'scapes" conference was a huge hit amongst participants. Everyone is welcome to join for this part of the day and we have created a seperate Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/380041055756340/ 

On our second week, we will have a small group session as the leadership co-hort for the first half, and for second half, we will open the doors more broadly and offer a queer centred workshop on the basics of harm reduction, overdose response and safer partying. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/532448773796885/ 

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.