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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 is enrolled in a postsecondary education program 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.

What does participation in the Leadership Academy consist of?

  • 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

What is the Leadership Academy timeline?

July 1 – September 13 Application open
September 21 Applicant notification
October 2 Accepted student welcome webinar
October 30 Impact Project proposal due
November 14 Virtual Collegiate Recovery Leadership Summit
May 30, 2021  Final project summary form due
June 2021 (DATE TBD) SAFE Project Leadership Retreat


*Ongoing requirements: Monthly webinars and/or check-ins, working group participation, work on chosen impact project, communication with a mentor

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

  • You will be given a variety of tracks to choose from. 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 of your campus.

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

  • 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. In addition to your project you will also be expected to attend the virtual Leadership Summit in November, participate in monthly webinars and/or working groups, and attend the in-person Leadership Retreat at the conclusion of the program (full scholarship provided). At minimum, you can plan to spend an average of two hours/week focused on Leadership Academy related activities.

The participation requirements listed above mention something about mentorship. Do I have to have a mentor?

  • Yes. Coming up with and implementing a campus-wide project can seem like a daunting task and you will want all the help you can find! Mentors serve as a sounding board as you navigate the challenges and triumphs throughout the year. You can either choose a mentor from your own network or we can assign one for you from our national network of recovery experts.

What should I expect from the Leadership Summit in November?

  • The Leadership Summit is a virtual 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 and advocacy skills.

What should I expect from the Leadership Retreat in June?

  • The Leadership Retreat is the culmination of nine months of learning, growing, and hard work! This will be a time to celebrate with one another and bond over your shared experience in the Leadership Academy.

What if I can’t make it to the Virtual Leadership Summit in November or the Leadership Retreat in June?

  • We will handle this on a case by case basis, but both of these events are integral to your experience as a SAFE Project fellow and we want each of our Leadership Academy students to experience and participate in these events.

If you have any questions that are not addressed above, please reach out to our SAFE Campuses team at