Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UCLA campus has reduced operations and is closed to the general public. At this time, the UCLA GRIT Coaching Program is not operating for the 2020-21 academic year. This means that we will not be recruiting Peer Coaches for this program. Please visit the UCLA RISE Center website for current and accessible virtual programming to support student holistic success and positive well-being.
Being a Peer Coach
Working as a peer coach is a fantastic opportunity if you enjoy supporting students and want to learn more about the coaching framework. GRIT peer coaches are supported in developing their leadership and administrative skills, and well as their own personal growth and well-being. Students from all majors and backgrounds are encouraged to apply!
What Do I Gain as a Coach?
Being a GRIT Peer Coach offers a lot of benefits and is an extremely fulfilling job. Significant learning and growth occur during coach training, both in skill building and in fostering self-awareness. The skills learned here are transferable to a wide array of opportunities by preparing you for leadership, accountability, and excellent relational skills, and by providing hands-on experience in peer resilience support. During the training, peer coaches learn how to self-assess and self-regulate and develop several life skills that help to successfully pursue academic and personal goals. Training topics include:
- Fixed & Growth Mindset
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Schemas, Self-Talk, Emotions & Behaviors
- Emotional & Psychological Wellness
- Assessment & Active Listening
- Mindfulness & Meditation
- Cultural Humility
- Goal Setting & Prioritization
- Healthy Communication & Relationships
In addition to this paid service experience, you will learn about the many resources and opportunities that UCLA has to offer students, including UCLA Career Services, Consultation & Response Team, Ashe Health and Wellness Center, the Center for Accessible Education, all BRC Programs, and much more. Coaches attend trainings by campus partners, including CAPS, CARE, and the LGBT Center. After becoming a coach, the learning process continues through our weekly GRIT meetings.
How to Apply
Recruitment for the peer coach position is now closed for the 2019-2020 academic year. The next recruitment will open fall quarter 2019, for students who can be a coach during the 2020-2021 academic year. Newly hired coaches will participate in 40+ hours of training during spring quarter and will coach the following academic year. During training, coaches will cover skills such as stress management, emotional & psychological wellness, mindfulness & meditation, healthy communication & relationships, and much more!
"GRIT has proven to me that even in times of immense challenge, the foundations of self-love, self-care, and communication will always help me to persevere and grow stronger. Within the community of GRIT, I am never alone and I am constantly learning how to love my happiest, most fulfilling life."
— Avalon, GRIT Coach 2016-18.
"GRIT has taught me how to commit to my own healing and growth, even at times when I feel stuck, powerless, and depressed. My journey through this program has given me trust in myself, the ability to create boundaries and accountability, and the capacity to support my community. GRIT is my family, and I am so grateful to have such vibrant and beautiful people in my life."
— Maya, GRIT Coach 2015-18