Iowa Safe Schools
Our very first pop up was the Back to School Market at Des Moines Mercantile. Des Moines Mercantile was donating a percentage of sales to Iowa Safe Schools and we wanted to do that as well. It’s important to us to donate to organizations that are inclusive of all youth here in Des Moines.
Iowa Safe Schools is on a mission to provide safe, supportive, and nurturing learning environments and communities for LGBTQ and allied youth through education, outreach, advocacy, and direct services.
Iowa Safe Schools was founded in 2002 and has been busy making Iowa a safer place for all youth since the get go. Iowa Safe Schools launched the GSA Network program in 2016, with the mission of empowering students to create safe spaces in Iowa schools through youth activism and community support. Iowa Safe Schools has also started the Queer Campus Coalition and hosts Pride Camp, the first of its kind in the Midwest.
You can read more about Iowa Safe Schools here.