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Collegiate Recovery
Leadership Academy

Dedicated to building tomorrow’s leaders and improving collegiate recovery supports on campuses across the country.

The Collegiate Recovery Leadership Academy was created in 2018, through SAFE Project’s Campuses initiative. The goal of the Leadership Academy is to develop and cultivate future leaders from college campuses across the nation. The Leadership Academy is an academic year-long fellowship for any college student who is passionate about the intersection of collegiate recovery, leadership, and service to others. It is open to students who are in recovery, as well as recovery allies.


Applicant Criteria

  • Student must be enrolled in a post-secondary education program throughout the duration of the 2020/2021 academic year
  • Student must be interested in collegiate recovery, leadership, and advocacy.

Benefits of the Leadership Academy include:

  • Deepen professional and personal development
  • Social justice and advocacy training to create sustainable change
  • Build relationships with other passionate student leaders
  • Involvement in shaping the future of collegiate recovery
  • Memorable weekend with fellow Academy students

Accepted Students Receive:

  • Funding to implement a collegiate recovery project on their campus 
  • Mentorship from experts in the field
  • Admission to SAFE Project Collegiate Recovery Leadership Summit 
  • Access to personalized educational trainings
  • Free, all-inclusive trip to attend the SAFE Project Leadership Retreat in June 2021

We are not accepting applications at this time. If you have questions about the Leadership Academy, visit our FAQ page for more information or email

LilinoeThe skills, opportunities, and connections made through SAFE Project allowed our program to grow by 800% and reach an additional 200+ people on campus through education and outreach opportunities. I cannot thank the amazing SAFE Project staff enough for all of their hard work and dedication.

– Lilinoe K., 2020

The Leadership Academy has given me an incredible opportunity to connect with mentors and students in collegiate recovery all across the US. Collegiate recovery is a growing movement that needs cohorts of student leaders, and this program is fostering incredible groups of students to be game-changers in the field of collegiate recovery.

– Emily N., 2020

I loved being a part of this leadership academy. It made me feel connected and less alone in the work I do and helped me open my mind to all types of recovery. I got a lot out of this program and am so grateful!

– Fiona R.,2020

Applications for the 2020/2021 Leadership Academy are now closed! Sign up below for updates on our next Leadership Academy.