The Harm Reduction Leadership Academy (HRLA) is a four-week paid training course for people who have been directly or indirectly impacted by the racialized war on drugs.Our last HRLA took place in fall 2019, we do not currently have plans for another one.

Participants will build leadership and presentation skills in order to provide information, resources, and discussions around harm reduction and drug use in their own communities.. Participants will spend four weekends workshopping and learning with Sonoran Prevention Works and South Mountain W.O.R.K.S. Coalition.

Harm reduction is many things, but at its core, it is the radical acceptance of others, especially those who are stigmatized, discriminated against and criminalized for drug use. Harm reduction does not condone or condemn drug use but aims to meet people where they’re at and recognize that each individual is the expert in their own lives.

Academy participants will be trained in:
Harm reduction & Overdose 101
How to lead workshops or discussions
Leadership & types of leadership
Presentation tools

Participants will be guided to create a workshop or group discussion on overdose, harm reduction, and drug use that fits their style so that they can provide it in their communities.

The training will be delivered in English only at this time, but printed materials and powerpoint slides will be available in Spanish.

You do not need to have previous experience with harm reduction, leadership, public speaking or presentation-giving. People applying should be looking to expand their leadership skills and be willing to conduct workshops or discussions in their communities. HRLA will accept applications from those most impacted by the racialized war on drugs – People of Color, immigrants, and people who use(d) drugs.

Applications are open July 20th- August 17th.
You will hear back no later than August 24th if you are accepted or not accepted.
Sessions take place on 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28 for 3 hours each in Phoenix. Transportation to and from the trainings is available if you need it. Food and on-site child care will be provided.
Academy participants will be expected to lead two workshops or discussions in their communities by November 30th.
Participants will be paid for session attendance and for the workshops or discussions they provide in their communities.

Participants will receive a $75 stipend for each session attended, and a stipend of $100 for each workshop or discussion (up to 2 before November 30)