Become a Cyde Kick

Looking to become a Cyde Kick?

Junior and senior undergraduate students can be trained to become Cyde Kicks through enrollment in KIN 494 A&B: Practicum in Motivational Interviewing offered each semester on Tuesdays from 2:10 – 3:00 PM!

  • Learn a collaborative, solution-focused, result-oriented health coaching technique
  • Work with other students to facilitate the enhancement of health, life experience, self-directed learning, and personal growth
  • Fulfill the practicum requirement needed to complete the new health coaching certificate

For more information contact Justin Lusk at jlusk@iastate.edu or visit studentwellness.iastate.edu/health-coaching

As a peer health coach you will help participants:

  • Identify overall goals for behavior change
  • Create and achieve small goals geared toward reaching the overall goal
  • Empower the participant to stay motivated and proactive
  • Encouraging and improving self-efficacy

Awesome leadership experience and get a chance to work with Student Wellness on campus!  Below are the different levels of involvement and leadership experience you can gain from the Cyde Kick experience. 

Level 1: Train to become a Cyde Kick (one semester)

  • Enroll in KIN 494 A&B to train to become a Cyde Kick. The course is split into Parts A & B, each 8-weeks long.
    • Part A is the training portion of the curriculum, using online content and in class practical activities to learn how to use motivational interviewing effectively
    • Part B is the practicum portion of the course. As part of this practicum, you will meet one-on-one with undergraduate freshman and sophomore students to work toward behavior changes utilizing motivational interviewing

Level 2: Become a Cyde Kick (1-2 semesters)

  • Work as a Cyde Kick and help other students grow in their health-related behavior change goals, such as increasing physical activity, eating healthy, managing time, and reducing stress
  • Become a Peer Mentor and support students currently training to become a Cyde Kick
  • Receive Student Wellness apparel, including a polo (etc whatever we decide on)

Level 3: Become a Cyde Kick Teaching Assistant (1 semester)

  • Apply to be a Cyde Kick Teaching Assistant for KIN 494 A&B
  • Work with KIN 494 instructors to refine course activities
  • Lead in-class activities and facilitate class discussion

If you are interested in becoming a Cyde Kick, please fill out this form below.  Someone will be in contact with you soon with more information.

    Peer Health Coach Interest Form


    Essay Questions

    If you have any questions about Peer Health Coaching, please contact Student Wellness at 515-294-1099 or studentwellness@iastate.edu.