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The HIV and Aids Office’s peer educators are known as TRANSFORMERS. The TRANSFORMERS are comprised of dynamic, enthusiastic and passionate students who aim to assist the HIV and AIDS Office, together with its partners, in bringing about change in the HIV-related attitudes, knowledge, and behaviours of Kovsies students.

Vision

The vision of the TRANSFORMERS is to influence, educate, and advocate; and to be part of a new generation that chooses to say:

  • I have HIV knowledge
  • I know my status
  • I speak out freely about HIV prevention
  • I care for the infected and affected
  • I take responsibility for my own sexual health

Giving students the opportunity to be involved in a response to the HIV & AIDS epidemic

The Transformers Programme offers you the opportunity to be TRANSFORMED. Through HIV-related training, involvement in projects and exposure, Transformers experience personal growth, self-discovery, as well as the development of leadership and communication skills.

To be selected as a Transformer is a great honour, as a group of only 25 students is selected during February each year. Applicants undergo a selection process and the HIV and AIDS Office seeks to recruit a diverse group of students.

Requirements:

  • A passion for actively responding to the HIV epidemic.
  • To remain committed to the Transformers programme for the year.
  • A willingness to use your time for the HIV-related initiatives.
  • Flexibility, a love for people, and creativity.

Getting involved in the TRANSFORMERS Programme

Application forms for 2016 are available at the Health and Wellness Centre. Completed application forms are to be submitted to the Health and Wellness Centre reception by 12 February 2016 before 16:00.

The Transformers undergo a three-day training event (11-13 March 2016) and have mentoring sessions once a month on Saturdays from 09:00-13:00 that serve as opportunities for on-going training.

The Transformers are required to implement HIV prevention plans and have to follow the process of submitting a detailed proposal for their plans including the divisions of: target audience, rationale for the project, plan of implementation, monitoring and evaluation strategy, and budget. They are also actively involved in the campaigns and projects of the HIV and AIDS Office.

Roles of a TRANSFORMER

The roles of a TRANSFORMER are to:

  • educate and influence their peers and to take the initiative in creating opportunities for this,
  • be actively involved in engaging the UFS student community through HIV-related initiatives
  • act as a source of referral,
  • be a role model in health-enabling behaviours,
  • be a worthy ambassador of the HIV/AIDS office and support centre initiatives, and
  • be advocates for positive change.

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