Preventing abuse before it starts begins with individual acts of courage.
become a Lead Peer Advocate
Lead Education, Advocacy & Peer Support
on your High School or College Campus
Represent bloom365 in your school or campus community by becoming a Lead Peer Advocate.
After completing our online or in person Peer Advocate Academy, Lead Peer Advocates are ready to:
Educate: Share information with peers on healthy v. unhealthy relationships.
Advocate: Provide baseline advocacy and support to peers who disclose interpersonal violence.
Activate: Spark conversations, raise awareness, validate survivors through bloom365 First Friday Campaigns.
When funding is available, these are PAID positions!
APPLY TO BECOME A LEAD PEER ADVOCATE
Peer Advocate Academy
Community is from the root word meaning “unity.”
Gen Z will not look the other way. Instead, they are activating and engaging their peers, schools and communities to uproot abuse in a generation.
The Peer Advocate Academy is an interactive, fun and transformational training for student leaders on high school and college campuses across the U.S. who want to:
Gain peer advocacy skills
Connect with other student leaders
Learn from interpersonal violence prevention experts
Cultivate a culture of empathy, respect and consent
Build a community to uproot abuse
The Academy is held three times a year:
1. June: In Maricopa County, Arizona.
2. August: At the Annual NOVA (National Organization for Victim Assistance) Conference.
3. December: Virtual over winter break.
We can also bring the Academy to you!
FOR AN UPCOMING ACADEMY
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“Having the opportunity to educate my friends through the 7-Doses has helped me form deeper connections with my peers and made me more aware of the hidden issues plaguing teens.” -Isabella, Surprise, AZ
"I choose to be a Lead Peer Advocate in order to activate and amplify the voices of my peers to create a future that supports healthy masculinity, free of sexual violence." - Avi, Glendale, AZ
“Advocacy has changed the way I see people. It’s so easy to fall into the thinking that no one really cares about who is getting hurt anymore, but I no longer see it that way. There are people who care. It is that simple fact that keeps my hope of a better world alive and keeps me pushing for Change.” -Faith, Queen Creek, AZ
BLOOM365 interns and volunteers represent a multi-disciplinary network of skilled and passionate people who want to be part of our special mission and work. Students and professionals with diverse educational backgrounds and/or work experience from the following fields help to ensure our work is current, inclusive and broad reaching:
Counseling | Criminal Justice | Sociology | Women & Gender Studies Performing Arts | Public Health | Marketing | Education | Policy Public Administration | Business | Non-Profit Management | Communications | Nursing | Psychology | Social Work | And More!
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Passionate about bloom365's mission, vision and work
Actively pursuing an Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's Degree in a relevant field
Minimum of a 6-month commitment.
Strong communication skills
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Previous experience preferred
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE, TOO!
First Friday Campaigns
BLOOM365's First Friday Awareness Campaigns are designed to inspire whole communities and people everywhere to take 3 simple actions:
1. Wear the designated campaign color on the First Friday of the national awareness month.
2. Share why you repping the movement.
3. Ask others to join you!
When 10% of a community promotes the First Friday campaign it’s enough for others to notice. The goal is to create protective environments by showing support for survivors and promote positive social norms of empathy, respect, and consent.
First Friday Campaigns:
EMPATHY: #GoPurple in October to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month
RESPECT: #GoOrange in February to kick off Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
CONSENT: #GoTeal in April to kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month
EQUALITY: #GoRainbow in June to kick off PRIDE Month
Elephant in the Room Campus Conversations
The Elephant in the Room Peer Conversations bring young people and members of their community together to talk about the gaps in interpersonal violence prevention and response and come up with solutions and action ideas to fill them.
Led by a Lead Peer Advocate facilitator who is trained to manage discussion, participants come together each quarter for a two hour focus group type session to examine the issue from diverse points of view, explore possible solutions and develop ideas for action and change. The primary goals are to 1. Remove the barriers to help seeking faced by young people impacted by the trauma of interpersonal violence. 2. Engage entire communities in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention work.
What does a session look like?
We frame the issue and talk about how participants are connected to the issue
We examine a root cause and existing sexual violence responses in the community to prevent it
We explore how teens and trusted adult allies can work together to improve things
We then move from dialogue to action to change!
Session topics can include:
Removing Barriers to Help
Rooting Out Toxic Masculinity
Inclusivity and Advocacy for All (LGBTQ+, Youth With Disabilities, BIPOC youth)
Responding to Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences
Regional Lead Peer Advocate Director - Southwest
Shefali is a BLOOM365 Southwest Regional Director. She joined BLOOM365 because domestic violence, sexual violence, and other forms of interpersonal violence are prevalent issues that can no longer be trivialized and normalized in our society. She knows that the work we do at BLOOM365 is important because a life free from violence is a basic human right, not a luxury. Shefali is passionate about the work we do because it revolves around the youth/teens, which are the future of tomorrow. In her spare time, Shefali loves to go on runs, do yoga, and cook!
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