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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 (CRLA) is an academic year-long fellowship program for students who are passionate about the intersection of collegiate recovery, leadership, and advocacy. Students who are accepted into the CRLA will implement a collegiate recovery focused impact project on their campus, receive advocacy training, attend two in-person events, and be part of a supportive cohort of peers from around the country.

Applicant Criteria

  • Student must be enrolled in post-secondary coursework throughout the duration of the 2022/2023 academic year
  • Student must be interested in collegiate recovery, leadership, and advocacy.

Benefits of the Leadership Academy include:

  • Involvement in shaping the future of collegiate recovery
  • Deepen professional and personal development
  • Social justice and advocacy training to create sustainable change
  • Build relationships with other passionate students
  • Two all-expense paid trips to connect with peers and mentors from around the country

Accepted Students Receive:

  • All-expense paid trip to attend the SAFE Project Collegiate Recovery Leadership Academy Summit in Washington, DC (November 2022)
  • All-expense paid trip to attend the SAFE Project Leadership Retreat (June 2023)
  • Support to plan and implement a collegiate recovery focused impact project on campus
  • Personalized educational and advocacy training

We are now accepting applications for the 2022/2023 cohort! If you have any questions, please email:

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Before I started my journey with the CRLA I thought that I was alone in my vision to bring addiction recovery awareness to higher education. This program has shown me that is not the case and that I am in fact surrounded by many others who share my values, hopes, and dreams.

Melissa H., Iowa State University

The CRLA gave me a voice. I felt empowered and accepted. I learned that there is value to my lived experience and that my past is my greatest resource. I was able to connect with other students in recovery and feel like less of an imposter. I learned I was not alone and that, if I had the courage, I could make a difference on my campus, and I did, all because the CRLA supported me every step of the way.

-Matthew P., Florida Atlantic University

This was an absolutely incredible program. Not only has this helped to grow our campus program, but I myself have grown. I have gained confidence and been able to connect with people I never would have been able to connect with without this program.

-Lilinoe K., University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa