Iowa Safe Schools works to improve the school climate to increase the personal safety, mental health, and student learning of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students through public awareness, education, and policy. Established in 2002, Iowa Safe Schools ias seen as a statewide leader on issues impacting LGBTQ youth including bullying prevention, supportive learning environments, and other risk factors affecting these youth.
Iowa Safe Schools conducts a number of programming work including hosting the largest statewide conference on LGBTQ youth in the country - the Annual Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth. The Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth features speakers from around the world and has grown to over 1,000 attendees. Youth from all over the state gather to get the latest information, and share insights and thoughts.