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Collegiate Recovery
Leadership Academy FAQ

Get answers to your questions about becoming a recovery leader for your campus.

Do I have to be a student to apply?

  • Yes. Any student who attends an undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, community college, or trade school is welcome to apply

Do I have to be in recovery from substance use or a member of a collegiate recovery program to apply?

  • No. Students with lived experience are encouraged to apply, but this is not a requirement. We believe that recovery allies also play a valuable role in the collegiate recovery movement.

How many students are accepted into the Leadership Academy each year?

  • 50

What does participation in the Leadership Academy consist of?

  • Creation and execution of a project that positively impacts collegiate recovery on your campus
  • Engaging with an assigned mentor
  • Participation in webinars and check-in calls
  • Attendance at the Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. from November 8-10 (all expenses covered by SAFE Project)
  • Financial assistance to the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) National Conference in San Diego in June
  • Completion of final evaluation

What is the academy participation timeline?

July 1 – September 23 Applications open
September 30 Applicant notification
October 11 Accepted student welcome webinar
November 4 Impact Project proposal due
November 4 Mentor notification
November 8-10 Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.
May 29, 2020 Final project summary due
June 23-27 ARHE National Conference in San Diego/Leadership Academy commencement


*Take note that additional webinar participation and check-ins are required throughout the academic year if you are accepted into the Leadership Academy.

Will I have help deciding what kind of project to implement?

  • We will offer project suggestions and examples of what students have done in the past, but ultimately we want your project to be something you are passionate about and that is catered to the needs you see on your campus. 

How much time should I expect to commit to the Leadership Academy?

  • Apart from your attendance at the Leadership Summit in November and participation in webinars throughout the duration of the program, a majority of the time you spend will be focused on your chosen impact project. Consequently, the amount of time required will reflect the project you choose. At minimum, you can plan to spend two hours/week focused on Leadership Academy related activities.

What is the purpose of the mentorship program?

  • Coming up with and implementing a campus-wide project can seem like a daunting task, which is why we will assign you a mentor to help provide guidance along the way. Your mentor will serve as a sounding board as you navigate the challenges and triumphs throughout the year. 
  • We hand select our mentors from an array of backgrounds. Some mentors are Leadership Academy graduates from this past year’s cohort, some come from the behavioral health field, some work in higher education, and some work in public policy. 

Will we get to choose our own mentor?

  • No, the Leadership Academy staff team will select your mentor. You will have the opportunity to submit a mentor preference form, which will help us match your project interests with the subject matter expertise of your mentor.

If I am accepted into the Leadership Academy, what is financially included in my scholarship?

  • All expense paid trip to the Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. on November 8-10, 2019
  • Financial assistance to the 2020 ARHE National Conference in San Diego 

What should I expect from the Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.?

  • The Leadership Summit is an event designed solely for our Leadership Academy students and their mentors.  The Summit will be an opportunity for students to network with other Leadership Academy students and mentors, hear from leaders of the recovery movement, and participate in workshops designed to enhance leadership skills. 
  • The event will educate students about servant leadership and its importance in the collegiate recovery movement, equip attendees with tools and knowledge for addressing the addiction epidemic, and prepare participants to be effective recovery advocates.
  • There will also be time to connect with your peers and see the beautiful city of Washington, D.C.!

What if I can’t make it to the Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. in November?

  • We will handle this on a case by case basis, but the Leadership Summit serves as the cornerstone of this program and we want each of our Leadership Academy students to experience and participate in this event. 

If you have any questions that are not addressed above, please reach out to our Program Manager, Hannah Fitzpatrick.