Spirit Awards

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Iowa Events Center Ballroom

5:30 pm Drink Reception, 7:00 pm Dinner & Program

Keynote: BD WONG


Register for the 2017 Spirit Awards Here!

The Iowa Safe Schools Spirit Awards is our annual celebration dedicated to recognizing the successes of our LGBTQ community, friends, and allies. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Iowa Safe Schools providing safe and nurturing educational environments and communities for LGBTQ youth and allies. Iowa Safe Schools is proud present 5 awards at the 2017 Spirit Awards: The Lee Stafford & Jarad Ellars Advocate of the Year, 2017 GSA of the Year, 2017 Outstanding Media Coverage, 2017 Educator of the Year, and the 2017 Partner in Progress.

The goals of the Spirit Awards are two fold: 1. Increase issue awareness on disproportionately effected LGBTQ & allied youth 2. Build/improve the status of GSAs (Gay-Straight Alliances) across Iowa. These clubs are vital resources for students and serve as effective vehicles for empowering students to create safe spaces in Iowa schools through youth activism and community support. GSAs are equally if not more important for students across Iowa as athletics or other student groups.

2017 Iowa Safe Schools Spirit Awards Keynote Speaker

2017 Iowa Safe Schools Spirit Awards Recipients

Lee Stafford & Jarad Ellars Advocate of the Year- Plymouth Congregational Church

2017 Partner In Progress- Rockwell Collins

2017 Outstanding Media Coverage- Courtney Crowder- the Des Moines Register

2017 Educator of the Year- Sandy Barker DC-G High School

—Educator of the Year Runner Up: Kent Martin Sioux City West, Kerri Barnhouse Iowa City West, Cassie Gerst Burlington High School

2017 GSA of the Year- Linn-Mar High School

—GSA of the Year Runner Up: Ames High School, Lincoln High School, Eagle Grove High School