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NU Listens Active Listening Workshops

Raised toward our $3,000 Goal
36 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on June 13, at 12:59 AM EDT
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NU Listens Active Listening Workshops

Who Are We?

The mission of NU Listens is to provide all Northwestern students, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation or gender representation, with a free, confidential peer listening service. We also aim to improve the mental health climate at Northwestern by promoting education and conversation regarding mental health issues. As members of NU Listens, we promise to do everything within our power to take all students’ issues into account in a safe, non-judgmental environment and to serve the student body directly and offer a free and confidential alternative to students looking for a space to vent, disclose insecurities, and/or work on possible solutions to their problems. For now, our trained peer listener group consists of about 15 NU students from various schools, majors, backgrounds, and interests. We are advised by Dr. John Dunkle, the Executive Director of CAPS at Northwestern. We are here not as professionals, but as friends, supporting our peers.


Our Project

We are raising money to host a series of workshops for students interested in learning active listening skills. We regularly receive inquiries from students who are interested in being trained as listeners but can’t put in the time for our extensive program. Also, the formal NU Listens training program is currently only available to twelve students each year. With your financial support, we will host workshops that will bring key components of our training program to the Northwestern community by teaching active listening skills to our peers.

The valuable skills our Listeners learn in our program will help strengthen relationships and make Northwestern a more encouraging and safe environment for students. Through these workshops, students will learn invaluable skills that will contribute to creating a more supportive and healthy environment. These smaller events would allow active listening skills to reach a much wider audience, and also give people an opportunity to meet the NU Listens Executive Board face-to-face and ask questions they may not be comfortable asking via email or Facebook. These workshops will contribute to campus because we can all learn to be better friends, better leaders, and better classmates. Mental health affects everyone’s quality of life, and it’s something our workshops will address and hopes to improve.

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Fuel the Change

$10 helps provide food and caffeine for workshop attendees.


Materials and Trainings

$25 provides new training materials to enhance our workshops and provide all trainees with everything they need to have to be the best volunteers possible.


Spread the Word

$50 helps cover the cost of marketing materials, like volunteer t-shirts and stress balls for students, which help ensure all NU students know about our services.


Be the Change

$100 helps provide food/caffeine, t-shirts, and training materials for 5 new workshop attendees!


Idea Catalyst

$250 will go toward a retreat that helps bring workshop attendees, Listeners, and the executive board together to solidify goals for the upcoming year.


Guest Speakers

$500 brings a guest speaker to our training sessions to help give more specialized advice to our workshop attendees.

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