Creating a Safe Zone


Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Safe Schools for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Students is a website maintained by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  It contains valuable tools and information for administrators and educators on how to make Wisconsin schools safe for LGBTQ youth.

In partnership with Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, GSAFE annually trains over 1500 educators, administrators, school support staff, and after-school program staff across Wisconsin on how to create safe and supportive school environments for LGBTQ+ youth.  Our trainings focus on building the competency and confidence of individual staff as well as whole districts to develop and implement CDC-recommended best practices for creating safe and supportive school environments for this youth population, including creating and supporting GSAs, creating “Safe Zones” where anti-LGBTQ+ language and behaviors are addressed, passing and implementing comprehensive protections and procedures, and incorporating inclusive curriculum and resource into the school and classroom community.

GSAFE trainings provide audiences with a foundational understanding of terminology and concepts related to LGBTQ+ youth as well as use local and national data to highlight needs and support district-specific strategies.  We strive to provide audiences with safe, engaging, and relaxed learning environment to ask questions and practice new skills and strategies.

To learn more about GSAFE’s trainings, view our fee for service sheet here or contact Brian Juchems at (608)661-4141 or email

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haruka-testimonial“The summer after my first year of high school I attended LTI, GSAFE’s camp for youth leaders. I hold those four days dear to my heart and firmly believe that they were instrumental in transforming my life.” – Haruka, Former GSAFE Youth Activist