Project Aware Peer Education and Community Awareness Program

Our Mission

It is the mission of Project Aware to provide resources and awareness to enhance the mental, emotional and physical health of our campus community!

  • Are you looking to obtain experience and prepare for a career in psychology, medicine, social work, education, communication, or a variety of other human service fields?
  • Are you looking to be involved in groundbreaking on- and off-campus events?
  • If you have an interest in helping people, willingness to learn, and benefit from hands on approach to learning, then a commitment to Project Aware is for you!

Project Aware is a peer education and community awareness program located within Hudson Valley Community College’s Wellness Center. The program works in collaboration with the Family Resources Program/InSights from Equinox Inc. to raise awareness of various mental health concerns on a college campus, the surrounding community, and the supports and resources that may be utilized to increase overall wellness.

We are looking for students who are motivated to get involved with peer education events, have an interest in helping people and would like to obtain experience related to the human services field. By choosing to participate in Project Aware you will become a certified Peer Educator through the BACCHUS Network and have the opportunity to gain academic credit. As a peer educator you will be involved in developing, promoting and participating in various events on campus pertaining to mental health awareness. Students will have the opportunity to develop a number of professional competencies, including networking, leadership and communication skills.

As a peer educator, students become a driving force in developing, promoting and participating in educational and FUN events on- and off-campus. For example, Project Aware sponsors a 5K Race & Fun Walk in October to help raise awareness of mental health stigma on college campuses. Peer educators obtain invaluable skills, campus recognition amongst peers and faculty, and academic credit in approved academic majors. Students also have the opportunity to participate in multiple events during the spring semester such as "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes," the International Men's March to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence, and in the Wellness Fair sponsored by Equinox Inc. and the Wellness Center. Together we help raise awareness of mental health stigma on college campuses.

Certified Peer Education BACCHUS Network
Students will become Certified Peer Educators through the BACCHUS Network. The BACCHUS Network is a national university and community based network focusing on comprehensive health and safety initiatives. The BACCHUS Network strives to actively promote student and adult based campus and community wide leadership on healthy and safe lifestyle decision making.

Benefits of Project Aware
The benefits of participation in Project Aware are endless. As a peer educator, students gain invaluable access to educational and professional skills, networking contacts, resume building, possible future internship contacts, program development experience, leadership skills, and academic credit.

Peer educators will work closely with New York State, national, and/or internationally licensed and certified counselors within Counseling Services. Each peer educator will gain invaluable experience and supervision in areas such as peer education, program development, mental health, substance abuse, and sexual assault.

Please visit Counseling Services in the Wellness Center or check back on this webpage for Project Aware updates and events!

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Resource Guide from Equinox, Inc.

  • Mental Health and Human Services for Adults, Children and Adolescents
  • Substance Abuse Services for Adults, Children, and Adolescents
  • Grief/Bereavement Services for Adults, Children, and Adolescents
  • Additional Mental Health and Human Services Resources

Contact Information


Counseling Services
Siek Campus Center, Room 260
Larry Ellis, LMHC – Associate Director
(518) 629-7175