The VOLS 2 VOLS are a group of students who are passionate about the health and wellness of the Volunteer community. The peers are trained to deliver programs and host events throughout the year around the following focus areas:
- Healthy Relationships
- Sexual Health Promotion
- Alcohol and Other Drug Education
- Sexual Assault Prevention
Applications are reviewed every fall semester, with a commitment to the program beginning in the spring with a 2-credit Leadership Minor course for the VOLS 2 VOLS. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, have an interest in public speaking, and the ability and willingness to respectfully engage diverse students, faculty, staff, and other university community members.
The mission of the VOLS 2 VOLS Peer Health Educators is to promote healthy lifestyles and better decision making to the university community by providing unbiased and inclusive information with easily accessible resources. They strive to help build a supportive environment for all Volunteers by creating an open dialogue about health issues that matter to students.
The VOLS 2 VOLS Peer Health Educators seek to promote a healthy and connected student body where students are equipped with the knowledge to make informed decisions about their health and wellness. Through peer-to-peer engagement, VOLS 2 VOLS hope to increase accountability among fellow peers and encourage them to speak up and intervene in potentially harmful situations. Through these efforts, the VOLS 2 VOLS strive to become a respected resource for student health and wellness at UT.
What are alumni saying about VOLS 2 VOLS?
“Thank you for making my time at UT memorable. Your office has done more for me than any other I have been a part of. Decades from now, being a peer health educator will be something I strongly remember about college.”
“I feel like I have a huge attachment to VOLS 2 VOLS and I love out mission, our office, and our members so much. It is so hard to leave but my last year was everything I wanted it to be and more…I truly believe that what we do on campus can change the culture here.”
For questions about VOLS 2 VOLS, collaborating with VOLS 2 VOLS, or if you need assistance planning a program or event, please contact us at VOLS2VOLS@utk.edu.