Become a CARE Advocate

“I’ve truly enjoyed working as a CARE Advocate. I applied [to the program] hoping to find fulfillment and gain knowledge about providing advocacy. I got that and more! CARE Advocates and the JNWC are so supportive of one another. I’m really thankful I had the opportunity to become a CARE Advocate.”

Current CARE Advocate; Fall 2019

Who are the CARE Advocates?

The CARE Advocates (student volunteers) are a departmentally-sponsored, volunteer student organization that adheres to a trauma-informed, healing centered approach to sexual violence prevention, relationship violence, and stalking. CARE Advocates prioritize the survivor’s right to self-determination and autonomy. CARE Advocates volunteer within the JNWC to provide direct service to victims/survivors of relationship violence and are responsible for providing service in- office, or on our 24-hour crisis CARE Line. CARE Advocates are also responsible for facilitating in-classroom presentations and participating in campus outreach events.

Become a CARE Advocate

If you are interested in becoming a CARE Advocate, please email jnwc@unlv.edu to receive an application to attend our upcoming summer training.

Program Requirements

The CARE Advocates undergo a NOVA Pre-Certified 45-hour online and in-person advocacy training every summer. This training covers healing-centered advocacy, including crisis intervention, dynamics of interpersonal violence, safety planning, and resource referrals (on and off campus). Attendees receive interactive experience with providing direct services as well as the anti-oppression theoretical framework in which we approach our advocacy.

Students that are selected to be CARE Advocates are required to commit their full participation for an entire academic year.

Participation will include:

  • Attend two CARE Retreats per year (during summer and winter breaks)
  • Provide 10 hours of advocacy coverage per week (in-office or 24/7 CARE Line)
  • Facilitate at least one presentation per semester
  • Attend at least one tabling event per semester

Your commitment to CARE Advocates will benefit you by providing:

  • Practical experience in providing direct service to peers
  • Training by human/social service professionals
  • Important knowledge and skills valued by top graduate school programs
  • Public speaking opportunities
  • Personal growth and empowerment

If you are interested in becoming a CARE Advocate, please email jnwc@unlv.edu to receive an application to attend our upcoming summer training.