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What we're doing. Helping Kids. Helping Schools. Helping Community.From the inception of The "I Love U Guys" Foundation, the Keyes family explored the arena of school safety. The question was simple, "Can we really help?" They attended symposiums, conferences and events about school safety. Tons of research. The Foundation hosted roundtables of its own, and also contracted an Emergency Management Practioner to jumpstart the learning curve and make introductions. (Perhaps the best research investment they made.)
In January of 2009, Mr. Keyes negotiated an exit from his company and began seriously looking at the landscape of school safety. His motivation was pretty simple: Does the Foundation initiate programs of its own, or does it simply raise a little money for other initiatives and programs?
What happened next was remarkable. With so many individuals, organizations, districts, departments and agencies looking at student safety, there still seemed to be a missing piece. This was the lack of clear, distinct, common language between first responders, students and staff.
The Perfect StormEllen and John-Michael Keyes bring skills in design and packaging and critical thought. Twenty-five year professional careers where their skills proved to be assets to the Foundation. And their passion is a beacon. Because of circumstance, they could also sit at tables where it might otherwise have been difficult to find a seat. It didn't stop there. The "I Love U Guys" Foundation also began to solidify a strong, diverse Board of Directors. And the voluteer base checked-in with its knowledge pool.
The end result has been a "Perfect Storm" for advancing student and school safety. The ability to create, package, promote and institute programs and initiatives advancing student safety exists within the organization. Producing programs with all of the supporting material necessary to advance them. With the ultimate in stewardship, we produce professional, relevant, comprehensive materials at a fraction of the typical cost. Amazing.
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