Become a Life Coach


The COACH Program offers a select number of undergraduate students the opportunity to become a Life Coach and to provide needed support services to the UC Irvine community.

Applications for the 2021-2022 year are available by following this link. Please submit application through the provided link. Appilications due by Thursday April 22nd, 2021 (NO LATER than 5pm PST).


Life Coaches are trained in:

  • Basic Counseling/Coaching
  • Leadership
  • Gender Issues
  • Relationship Concerns
  • Diversity
  • Group Dynamics
  • Crisis Intervention, Consultation, and Referral Skill-Building
  • Personal Growth and Self-Care as Helpers
  • and Other Factors that Impact the Psychosocial Functioning of People.

Job Benefits

Academic Credit

Social Ecology majors can count one of their Winter or Spring quarters as part of their core. You may also use the COACH program as your 198 Field Study—see your Social Ecology academic counselor for further information.

Practical Experience

While involved in this program you will provide direct service to UCI students in the form of one-to-one peer coaching. You will learn about your strengths, areas of growth, and ultimate potential as a counselor. You will be supervised by a licensed psychologist from the Counseling Center. The COACH program can be a helpful addition to your resume, as graduate schools tend to value practice experience.

Opportunity to Help Others

With your new and/or increased skills you will be able to assist others in achieving their goals, managing their stress, enhancing their self-esteem and zest for life.

Training from Professional Therapists

Life Coaches are trained by experienced and recognized professionals within their field of expertise.

Program Information

For information about the COACH Program, visit the COACH Program page.

Become a Peer Educator


ll UC Irvine undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 2.5 are eligible to apply for the Peer Educator Program. Applications for the 2021-2022 year are available by following this link. Please fill out the application and make sure to turn it electronically by 12am Pacific time on April 30th, 2021. Interviews will be held via Zoom on May 15th, 2021. 


While not all inclusive, the following provides a general overview of training topics typically addressed:

  • Primary Prevention in Mental Health Services
  • Consultation and Outreach Skills
  • Team Development and Leadership
  • Experiential Learning
  • Teaching and Presentation Skills
  • Workshop/Curriculum Development
  • Stigma Reduction and Suicide Prevention
  • Multiculturalism and Mental Health Services
  • College Student Development
  • Specific Mental Health/Psychoeducational Training in Stress Management, Depression, Intimate Relationships, and Mediation Skills

Job Benefits

Academic Credit

Peers receive 3 units/quarter of 198 Group Study on a pass/no pass basis. Winter and Spring Quarters are also approved for Social Ecology 195, Field Study.

Practical Experience

While involved in this program you will provide direct service to students through workshops. You will be supervised by a licensed therapist from the Counseling Center. Because graduate schools tend to value practical experience, the Peer Educator program can be a helpful addition to your transcripts and resume.

Increase Your Skills

You will learn what your strengths and weaknesses are in dealing with mental health education and prevention. You will also learn how to design and deliver workshops, refer students for counseling, and receive training on: communication skills, bystander training, and suicide prevention.

Opportunity to Help Others

With your new and/or increased skills you will be able to assist others in understanding mental health, managing their stress, and enhancing their self-esteem.

Training from Professional Therapists

Peer Educators are trained by experienced and recognized professionals within their field of expertise.


Questions about applying to the Peer Educator Program can be addressed to Saimir Thano, Ph.D. Instructor/Coordinator at

Become an LGBTQ Mentor

After applying and being accepted, mentors receive initial training. They also attend ongoing supervision and training meetings twice a month.

Mentors provide guidance on the following issues:

  • Confusion about sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Acceptance of self as gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender, or genderqueer
  • Coming out to friends and family
  • Integration of multiple identities (e.g., LGBTQ and ethnic/racial identities)
  • Professional and academic concerns as related to being LGBTQ
  • Dating:
    • How to meet potential dates
    • Finding eligible partners
    • How to ask someone for a date
    • Break-ups
  • Finding positive campus and community resources
    • Written materials (i.e. books, magazines, directories, etc.)
    • On-line resources
    • Activities (i.e. meetings, potlucks, sports, rap groups, dinners, dances, plays, movies, etc.)
    • Places (i.e. community centers, coffee shops, dance clubs, bookstores, libraries, etc.)

Mentor FAQ

Who are the Mentors?
LGBTQ faculty, staff, or regularly enrolled undergraduate or graduate students who volunteer their time to help others. Mentors must be affiliated with UCI.
I do not identify as LGBTQ. Can I be a mentor as an Ally?
We greatly appreciate your support and the work you do for the LGBTQ community. However, unfortunately, we do not accept allies as mentors due to the fact that serving as a positive role model is so integral to the mentoring process, we believe that it is important that the mentors all identify as LGBTQ themselves.
Why should I become a mentor?
As a mentor you will positively impact a LGBTQ student’s life. With your support and care, a mentee may learn to develop a positive LGBTQ identity. With your help, a mentee may be spared years of needless shame and be able to move into a more full and authentic life. With your wisdom, a mentee may learn new skills to negotiate the challenges life can present to LGBTQ individuals. Many mentors have remarked that being a mentor was the MOST gratifying experience of their UCI affiliation.
What qualities do mentors have?
LGBTQ Mentors are mature, caring, responsible, and altruistic. They are LGBTQ individuals who want to serve as role models to others. Because they have negotiated their own coming out process, mentors know first hand the challenges inherent in self-acceptance, coming out, and finding positive community resources. It is this personal understanding that makes mentors particularly well suited to help others.
What is the time requirement?
Mentors commit to approximately 1 hour per week with their mentee. In addition, mentors meet twice a month for team supervision and training meetings.
Is there required training?
Mentors are required to go through a 3 hour training when they first begin the program. These trainings are offered once per quarter. Training covers topics such as: coming out, internalized homophobia, multiple identities, mental health issues, substance abuse, bisexuality, transgender issues.
Is there any oversight or supervision of the mentors?
After completing the training, mentors receive on-going supervision from the program coordinator at the bimonthly supervision meetings.
What are mentors trying to accomplish?
During regular one-on-one meetings, mentors help their mentee develop positive self-esteem, and "learn the ropes" about living as successful LGBTQ persons.
How specifically do mentors serve their mentees?

Mentors function as:

  • Helpers
    Mentors listen with compassion and understanding; they answer questions and provide information.
  • Tour guides
    Mentors help mentees explore the LGBTQ community together. They visit LGBTQ establishments such as coffee shops, LGBTQ Centers; they attend LGBTQ events such as comedy nights, educational talks, LGBTQ media awards. They go to Pride events or festivals, etc.
  • Buddies
    Mentors accompany mentees to discussion groups, meetings or LGBTQ activities (such as LGBTQ Sierra Club hikes), so that mentees don’t have to go alone.
I would like to mentor, but I am not currently affiliated with UCI. Are there any exceptions to the current UCI affiliation requirement?
No, unfortunately we are unable to accept individuals who are not currently affiliated with UCI. We recognize that there are many qualified candidates in the community as well as UCI alums. However, we are restricted to solely utilizing the services of current UCI faculty, staff, and regularly enrolled students.


If you are currently affiliated with UC Irvine and would like to be a mentor, fill out the LGBTQ Mentor Application form and have two references fill out LGBTQ Mentor Reference Forms. Please note that both references forms need to be received before your application is considered completed and before you can begin the interview process. Once you have submitted your material, you will be contacted to arrange an interview. If you need additional information you may contact Dr. Shuchang Kang, Ph.D.,  Coordinator at (949) 824-6457 or email her at 

Thank you for your interest in our program!