What’s a platform?

A platform is an issue of special interest to a contestant that she advocates during her year of service. Each year, MAO contestants across the country log more than 500,000 community service hours towards their platforms. Platform topics range widely, and the Miss Iowa Organization encourages its participants to choose a platform they are eager to serve. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, health issues, education, literacy, volunteerism, school-to-work programs, disease awareness, care for senior citizens, youth ministry, hunger, homelessness, women’s issues, veteran’s affairs, mentoring, organ and tissue donation, arts in education, recycling, environmental issues, drug abuse prevention, tobacco awareness, AIDS awareness, eating disorders awareness, breast cancer education, self-esteem, patriotism, etc.