The Queer Influencer program is a new initiative of Iowa Safe Schools, designed to build the LGBTQ leaders of tomorrow. Applications are open to any student entering their junior (11th) or senior (12th) year in high school. This exclusive program provides leadership development opportunities, and will motivate and inspire students to become influencers in their community through active engagement and problem solving.
Explore the Queer Influencer program’s mission, objectives, benefits, and application details below!
The mission of the Queer Influencer program is to inspire the next generation of LGBTQ leaders by engaging students with opportunities to enhance confidence, health, innovation, problem solving, and engagement in their communities.
LGBTQ students are the leaders of tomorrow! Iowa Safe Schools is excited to offer this program as a stepping-stone for youth to become active participants in their communities and foster change. Through hands-on activities and experiential mentoring, students will gain a better understanding and motivation to invest in their future as leaders and influencers.
This exclusive 10-week program will be held every Saturday at the Iowa Safe Schools office (unless advance notification is given) from August 29, 2020 through October 31, 2020. At the end of 10 weeks, students who graduate from the Queer Influencer program will be able to:
Saturday, August 15th – Welcome Session
Saturday, August 22nd
Saturday, August 29th
Saturday, September 5th
Saturday, September 12th
Saturday, September 19th
Saturday, September 26th
Saturday, October 3rd
Saturday, October 10th – Capstone Presentations
Friday, October 16th – Spirit Awards & Graduation
***Sessions in bold are REQUIRED to be eligible for admittance into the Queer Influencers program***
Benefits of the Queer Influencer program include:
LGBTQ or Allied students are eligible to apply if they meet the following requirements:
Remember, all materials including Letters of Recommendation must be submitted by May 29th, 2020 at 8:00AM. Any applications submitted after this time or that do not have all materials will not be considered for the program.
Letters of Recommendation can be filled out here: http://bit.ly/qipletter
If you have any questions about the application, please email Dana Van Renterghem, Queer Influencer Program Director.