The "I Love U Guys" Foundation about us

About Us

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 Storm

Ellen 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.


Tom Wiens

FORMER COLORADO SENATOR AUTHOR OF SENATE BILL 181

"I THINK EVERY SCHOOL BOARD SHOULD SEE THE PRESENTATION ON THE STANDARD RESPONSE PROTOCOL. IT'S THE BEST RESOURCE I'VE SEEN FOR EXPLAINING WHY THIS TYPE OF TRAINING IS NECESSARY AND HOW IT CAN BE DONE."

Kathy Friesen

PRINCIPAL, GALETON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, EATON, COLORADO

"[WE] WERE TRAINED IN INCIDENT COMMAND THROUGH FEMA, BUT FOUND THE WAY THINGS WERE PRESENTED TO BE INTIMIDATING AND MILITARISTIC.
...PLANNING ON IMPLEMENTING THE SRP THIS COMING SCHOOL YEAR. WE LIKE THAT IT ALIGNS WITH THE ICS, BUT IS IN MORE USER FRIENDLY, SCHOOL FRIENDLY TERMS."

Frank DeAngelis

PRINCIPAL COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL

"THE STANDARD RESPONSE PROTOCOL IS FABULOUS. SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE AND EASY TO TEACH STUDENTS, STAFF AND TEACHERS."

Craig S. Mansanares

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER, LONGMONT POLICE DEPARTMENT

"THE STANDARD RESPONSE PROTOCOL REALLY SIMPLIFIES CRISIS RESPONSE PLANS AND ADDRESSES MOST OF THE COMPLICATED ISSUES SURROUNDING SCHOOL PLANS. IT JUST MAKES SENSE."

Patrick Kissane

DETECTIVE SERGEANT, FORT LEE NEW JERSEY POLICE DEPARTMENT NJASRO-FOUNDER, 2ND VICE PRESIDENT

"I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN SCHOOL SAFETY FOR MY ENTIRE CAREER, AND HAVE ATTENDED MANY DIFFERENT TRAININGS ON ALL ASPECTS OF SCHOOL SAFETY. THIS PRESENTATION IS A MUST SEE FOR ANYONE THAT CARES FOR OR WHO HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SAFETY OF CHILDREN WHILE THEY ATTEND SCHOOL."