DanceSafe Launches New Initiative to Increase Safety in the Dance Music Community
DanceSafe is a 501(c)3 public health non-profit that promotes health and safety within the electronic music and nightlife communities. It's possible that you've seen them at music festivals passing out free water, condoms, earplugs, informative resources (covering topics ranging from drug education to consent), and sometimes providing drug checking services (a harm reduction practice that helps identify potentially more dangerous adulterants in street drugs).
DanceSafe is not new to the block. The organization dates back to 1998 when it was founded the San Francisco Bay Area, but what is new is the DanceSafe Training Program, a free online training course, which trains DanceSafe Volunteers remotely - in the US or abroad.
As of January 26, 2017, DanceSafe has launched the program to the public, taking nightlife harm reduction to the next level. The ideal candidates for the program are individuals interested in the electronic music or nightlife communities. On top of a nonjudgmental attitude and a willingness to learn, future DanceSafers also carry a desire to give back to the community that has given so much to many others and work to ensure its future and the future of venues and festivals around the world.
The course, titled Module 1: How to Become a DanceSafe Volunteer, covers topics such as the principles of harm reduction, acting as a peer educator, performing reagent drug checking, appropriate messaging surrounding health topics, and more.
After completing the online training, individuals will be connected to their local DanceSafe Chapter or have the opportunity to build a new chapter to provide harm reduction services at music festivals and other nightlife events.
If you want to get involved and give back to the electronic music community, you can get started today by signing up here.
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