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Spirit Awards 2020

October 22, 2020
6PM
Virtual
REGISTER HERE!

The Spirit Awards Celebrating the Accomplishments of LGBTQ Youth 

The Spirit Awards is an annual celebration of LGBTQ youth and community champions. Every year, Iowa Safe Schools showcases the work of students, educators, organizations, and businesses who have made a significant impact on the lives of LGBTQ youth. The Spirit Awards, introduced in 2009 and held annually in Des Moines, raises critical funds to support life-saving work that empowers LGBTQ youth across the state. Register here.

Catch the Program

This year the Spirit Awards are virtual! We are thrilled to announce a show-stopping online program with heart warming stories, hilarious comedy, and activating speeches. The program will take place on October 22, 2020 at 6PM.

Pick up Your Dinner

Attendees can pick up their dinner and cocktails at Bubba between 4:45 and 5:45pm on October 22nd. Iowa Safe Schools staff will coordinate your meal pickup with Bubba. 

Bubba will be serving a delicious downhome dinner and custom cocktails from Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Award Winners

Iowa Safe Schools is proud to present 7 awards to outstanding students, educators, businesses, and champions. The award categories include: The Lynn Reinicke Educator of the Year, Queer Student Organization of the Year, GSA of the Year, Advocate of the Year, Allies of the Year, and Partner in Progress. Hear from our award winners during the online program portion of the event. 

Individual Registration: Click here

Individual registration includes dinner, a show, and rewarding feelings from supporting LGBTQ youth. Click here and select General Admission for an individual registration. 

Sponsorships: Click here

We are honored and humbled to have community partners who support our mission of supporting and empowering LGBTQ youth. Register your sponsorship here. Email brett@iowasafeschools.org for more information about sponsorship benefits.

The Lynn Reinicke Educator of the Year

2020’s Lynn Reinicke Educator of the Year is Jamie Sebring, Middle School Advisor to Taft Middle School GSA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa!
 
This award is given to an education professional (teacher, school counselor, administrator, para-educator, education support profession) in a K-12 setting who has contributed to creating a more inclusive and supportive learning environment for LGBTQ youth. Past recipients have included: Ryan Penning, Valley Southwoods, West Des Moines, IA (’19).

Queer Student Organization of the Year

2020’s Queer Student Organization of the Year is Drake Rainbow Union!

This award is given to one college or post-secondary group each year in Iowa. To qualify, groups must be: part of any post-secondary educational program or institution. Examples may include: 2-year and 4-year public or private colleges or universities, trade schools, work readiness programs, etc. Past recipients have included: the University of Northern Iowa (’18) and the University of Northern Iowa (’19).

GSA of the Year

2020’s GSA of the Year is West Liberty GSA!

This award is given to one Gay/Straight Alliance each year in Iowa. To qualify, groups must be: elementary, middle school or high school groups in Iowa and be a part of a primary or secondary education program or institution (i.e. a public or private school or home-school program). Past recipients have included: Des Moines’ East High School (’15); Humboldt High School (’16); Linn-Mar High School (’17); Ames High School (’18); and Sioux City East High School (’19).
 
Advocate of the Year

2020’s Advocate of the Year is The Trevor Project! The Trevor Project has been immensely helpful in the work to ban conversion therapy in the state. 

This award is given to a leader in Iowa who has advocated for policy change to create safer communities and schools for LGBTQ youth in the state. Past recipients have included: Dwolla, Inc. (’19).

Allies of the Year

2020’s Allies of the Year are Senator Janet Petersen and Representative Todd Prichard! Their allyship during the 2020 legislative session and beyond is of exceptional quality.

This award is given to a leader or community member in Iowa who has shown outstanding allyship to LGBTQ youth, and is passionate about creating safer and more inclusive learning environments for all students. Past recipients have included: Congresswoman Cindy Axne (’19).

Partner in Progress

2020’s Partner in Progress is Kum & Go! In small town Iowa Kum & Go is where people congregate, get a cup of coffee, hear the latest news, and pick up something to eat, and having Kum & Go as an active ally has been critical in the movement towards equality in our rural communities.

This award is given to an organization or corporation who has shown a commitment to promoting inclusion in the workplace or community through active involvement in the LGBTQ community. Past recipients have included: AFSCME Council 61 (’19).

 

 
 
 

Registration

Individual registration includes dinner, a show, and rewarding feelings from supporting LGBTQ youth. Click here and select General Admission for an individual registration. 

After you register, we will contact you with details about picking up your dinner from Bubba and how to login to our virtual program. 

Please contact brett@iowasafeschools.org with any questions. 

If you would like to support Iowa Safe Schools but do not wish to participate in the event, consider making a donation instead. 

To pay with a check or PO please call us at 515-381-0588 or email info@iowasafeschools.org with the number of participants and additional details and an invoice will be made for you.

Thank you for your support. 

Refunds

All registrations are nonrefundable. However, registrants may transfer their registration to a different name. Email info@iowasafeschools.org with registration transfer questions. 

Sponsorships

We are honored and humbled to have community partners who support our mission of supporting and empowering LGBTQ youth. To sponsor the Spirit Awards, click here and fill out the form. For more information about sponsorship benefits, contact brett@iowasafeschools.org or call our office at 515-381-0588.

To pay with a check or PO please call us at 515-381-0588 or email brett@iowasafeschools.org with the number of participants and additional details and an invoice will be made for you.

Sponsorship benefits can be customized for each sponsoring organization. We show our appreciation for our sponsors by promoting them during the event and shoutouts on our social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok. In addition, we invite sponsors to engage with our team and our students at one of our annual events. We also offer a wide range of virtual professional development options to meet the needs of your organization. 

Contact brett@iowasafeschools.org to customize your sponsorship package.

Questions

For questions or inquiries about the 2020 Spirit Awards, please contact Community Engagement Manager Brett Burk at brett@iowasafeschools.org.