Welcome to How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer!
About DanceSafeDanceSafe is a 501(c)(3) public health organization promoting health and safety within the nightlife and electronic music community. Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998 by Emanuel Sferios, DanceSafe quickly grew into a national organization with chapters in cities across North America.
On the ground, DanceSafe Volunteers can be observed providing the following services:
We currently have local chapters throughout the U.S., Canada, and slowly, but surely, Europe. Our local chapters consist of individuals from within the dance culture who have a sincere interest in ensuring the health and safety of their communities and educating themselves and their peers. We train our volunteers to be health educators and drug abuse prevention counselors within their own communities, utilizing the principles and methods of harm reduction and popular education.
About the DanceSafe Training Program Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer
The DanceSafe Training Program allows us to train new volunteers (for free) at a distance - in the US or abroad. The course is designed to provide future DanceSafers a consistent baseline of knowledge from which they will grow as harm reduction peer-educators. The most successful individuals will come with a nonjudgmental attitude, a willingness to learn, and a sincere interest in giving back to and looking out for the health and safety of the electronic music and nightlife communities.
During this course, you will learn everything you need to know before stepping into a DanceSafe booth. The course is comprised of the following sessions:
DanceSafe Training Program Orientation
Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 1: The Basics of Harm Reduction
Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 2: Introduction to DanceSafe
Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 3: Acting as a DanceSafe Peer Educator
Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 4: The Basics of Harm Reduction(Part 2)
Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 5: Drug Education and Harm Reduction
Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 6: Drug Checking
Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer | Session 7: Recognizing an Emergency
After you complete the course, you will be presented with two options. If you live near a current chapter, you will be placed with them. If not, you will be connected to leadership to start the discussion of how to start a chapter in your area.
If you have any questions, concerns, comments, and/or feedback throughout the course, you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kristin Karas is the Director of Programs at DanceSafe, a public health nonprofit that promotes health and safety within the electronic music and nightlife communities. Since the beginning of her involvement, she has provided outreach at events such as TomorrowWorld, Gem and Jam, Lightening in a Bottle, EDC Las Vegas, and Imagine Music Festival. Additionally, she has presented at the 2016 National Harm Reduction Conference in San Diego and worked hard to revamp and create new programs for DanceSafe. Prior to her involvement with DanceSafe, Kristin also founded the Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter on East Carolina’s campus and participated in the Model United Nations General Assembly Second Session hosted at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in 2015. These experiences coupled with her work with the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, Pitt County Coalition on Substance Abuse, and Insomniac’s Ground Control Team allow her to bring a background in both harm reduction and drug policy to the conversation.