Speaking to communities about substance use disorder and the opioid crisis, encouraging communities to make positive change.
SAFE Speakers delivers credible speakers to community events to educate the public about substance use disorder and the opioid crisis. SAFE Speakers encourage communities, campuses, and individuals to make positive change while working together.
SAFE Speakers is our volunteer program delivering credible speakers to events to educate communities about substance use disorder and the opioid crisis, while encouraging communities to make positive change. We are interested in any and all speakers with a story to share. Whether you are a family member who lost a loved one to overdose, experienced a family member who has been through treatment and recovery, serve in law enforcement, have expertise as a medical professional, or are someone in recovery, we want you to tell your story to educate communities and reduce the stigma around living with addiction and getting help.
What are the requirements to be a SAFE Speaker?
- Willingness to tell a personal story related to addiction and recovery.
- Willingness to give your time as a volunteer speaker.
- Stand by SAFE’s values and serve as a positive representative of SAFE Project to the general public.
- Participation in SAFE Speaker training.
- Understanding of and able to talk about SAFE Project programs and services.
- Ability to speak in front of groups of all sizes, from 10 people to 500 people.
- Open to constructive feedback and direction.
- Willingness to submit feedback forms after each speaking engagement.
What type of speaking engagements can I expect?
- Speeches. Schools, clubs, churches, organizations and businesses often ask for a speaker to talk to their members, employees or students. This is usually a 10 to 15 minute presentation with some time for questions and answers. The purpose of these talks is educate the audience and create awareness around the opioid and addiction epidemic and SAFE Project’s activities.
- Information tables and fairs. These are community events where you would likely interact directly with people who stop by the table for more information about SAFE Project.
What is the time commitment?
- Initial Training: 1-2 hours
- Developing your talk: 3-5 hours
- Actual speaking engagements: varies based on the needs of your community.