09.27.2006

Tragedy Struck

On September 27th, 2006 a gunman entered Platte Canyon High School, held seven girls hostage and ultimately shot and killed Emily Keyes. During the time she was held hostage, Emily sent her parents text messages... "I love you guys" and "I love u guys. k?"

Emily's kindness, spirit, fierce joy, and the dignity and grace that followed this tragic event define the core of The "I Love U Guys" Foundation.

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About Us

Helping Kids & Communities

From the inception of The "I Love U Guys" Foundation, the organization explored the arena of school safety. The question was simple, "Can we really help?" We attended symposiums, conferences and events about school safety and did tons of research.

What's happened since is truly remarkable. Programs in thousands of schools and organizations across the US and Canada.

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Our Focus

The Joy of Youth

The joy of youth is a gift given to each of us at birth. It is a gift that is both precious and fragile, and can be experienced and shared not just in childhood, but throughout one's lifetime. To know the joy of youth is to know laughter and exuberance, to be free of worry, to feel cared for, and safe.

The joy of youth is at all times exposed to the elements of life. Inevitably, and sometimes very quickly, these elements erode or even destroy our sense of security and well-being, our positive outlook, our desire to give and to share. Read More...

Student & Staff Safety

The Standard Response Protocol

A critical ingredient in the safe school recipe is the uniform classroom response to any incident. Weather events, fires, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by school and district administration and staff.

Historically, schools have taken this scenario-based approach to respond to hazards and threats. It's not uncommon to find a stapled sheaf of papers or even a tabbed binder in a teacher's desk that describes a variety of things that might happen and the specific response to each event.

The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is based not on individual scenarios but on the response to any given scenario. Like the Incident Command System (ICS), SRP demands a specific vocabulary but also allows for great flexibility.

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Serving

Between the Public & Private

The role of a responsible non-profit is to provide service that can't be given by government and would be difficult for the private sector to profit from.

The "I Love U Guys" Foundation relies in part on donations to help achieve our mission. Our programs impact millions of kids, hundreds of thousands of teachers, and tens of thousand first responders across the country. The unique way we do it is a case study in stewardship. Please consider us in your charitable giving.

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Serving

Between the Public & Private

The role of a responsible non-profit is to provide service that can't be given by government and would be difficult for the private sector to profit from.

The "I Love U Guys" Foundation relies in part on donations to help achieve our mission. Our programs impact millions of kids, hundreds of thousands of teachers, and tens of thousand first responders across the country. The unique way we do it is a case study in stewardship. Please consider us in your charitable giving.

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How it Works

Materials at no Cost

The programs that The "I Love U Guys" Foundation develops are offered at no cost to public K-12 districts, departments and agencies. We provide enough downloadable material for stakeholders in school safety to quickly implement these proven programs used in thousands of schools across North America.

For private schools, higher education, business, churches or other institutions, read more to see how your organization can use these programs.

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Accountability

The Standard Reunification Method

One critical aspect of crisis response is accountable reunification of students with their parents or guardians in the event of a school crisis or emergency. The Standard Reunification Method provides school and district safety teams with proven methods for planning, practicing and achieving a successful reunification.

Why Bother?

Crisis recovery starts with the crisis, not after. Without a plan to reunite students and parents, more than just the mental health demands which accompany a crisis are ignored; the responsibility of the school and district in maintaining the chain of custody for every student can be lost. No school is immune to emergencies; fires, floods, tornadoes, blizzards, power outages, bomb threats, acts of violence... this is just a short list of events that could initiate a release and reunification for a school or district.

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Emily's September

Communities United

The goal is uniting community. Every year we bring a diverse group of folks together for one amazing day. Show the world that community bridges occupation, pastime and passion. And raise some funds to support our mission.

The "I Love U Guys" Foundation responsibly distributes the generous donations from participants and onlookers effectively towards our stated goals.

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Foundation Update

How we are doing

This report shows you the recent movement and actions with the programs of The "I Love U Guys" Foundation. We like to share this information with everyone periodically, and will be sharing this with you annually. In the past few years, our programs have been growing rapidly; enough that we added three staff members in early 2016. Our growth has been rather organic as we've rarely had the capacity for much outreach. We're changing that. Download...

ER::5K

Emergency Responder 5K Run

The morning of Emily's Parade is celebrated with a run and walk in honor of all first responders who dedicate their lives to helping others. The course is on and around Platte Canyon property which retains the essence of a real cross country run.

With a diverse combination of runners and walkers including first responders, clubs such as "Girls on the Run" and community members, this is a unique autumn run.

Sunday September 27, 2015

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The Ride

From Columbine to Canyon

For 10 years, thousands of motorcycle riders make the approximately 45 mile journey from Columbine to Platte Canyon in honor of those lost to school violence. The events at these two schools united our communities in the pursuit of school safety.

This ride exemplifies our ability to set differences aside in order to tackle our most significant challenges.

Sunday September 27, 2015

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PCHS Scholarships

Helping Our Own

The "I Love U Guys" Foundation has awarded over $35,000 in Kindness scholarships to Platte Canyon students for continuing education. Fellow students vote for the recipient. The scholarship is renewed each year while the student continues their education up to the completion of their undergraduate degree or alternate certification.

Commitment

We have committed a minimum of $XXXX per year and with more donations are happy to increase either the amount or number of students awarded.

You Can Help

Learn more about the scholarship program, the scholars and how you can directly contribute to the fund.

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Impact

How We Do It

Research the issues
Identify the missing pieces
Develop the programs
Collaborate and refine
Create educational materials
Advocate the programs
Train kids, cops and educators
Give the programs away at no cost

Take a look at how our unique strategy has resulted in remarkable outcomes and a story of stewardship that defies common non-profit conceptions.

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Trainers

Teaching the Programs

The Foundation has done some interesting things with Train the Trainer programs. Whether you are a large District or Agency, a state Department of Education, a School Safety Resource Center or an Insurance Pool, there may be an opportunity to partner in bringing customized materials and specific trainer skills to your organization. We pioneered this concept with one of the largest Self Insurance Pools in the country.

Take a look at how we create first-class trainers.

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Media Coverage

Inspiring Stories

In the aftermath of losing Emily, the Keyes family responded with dignity and grace. Their immediate support of law enforcement actions, the creation of The "I Love U Guys" Foundation, and their ongoing commitment to the mission have been a guidepost for the Foundation.

Along the journey that the Foundation is now traveling, an occasional reporter shows interest in what we are doing. There is also some attention coming from other organizations. We have assembled some of the stories, both past and present, showing what the Foundation has done and is doing.

Press Kits

We have also assembled some resources for the media, not only about the Foundation, but about what they can do to help their communities.

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Keynotes, Workshops & Speakers

Create an Experience

The "I Love U Guys" Foundation has provided training, workshops and keynotes across the country and in Canada. Whether it's a keynote by one of our speakers or a full day, multi-presenter workshop, your audience will walk away motivated, empowered and equipped with tangible materials and achievable goals in hand.

A Keyes Keynote

Our Executive Director, John-Michael Keyes, has delivered keynotes at conferences across the country for audiences that include Law Enforcement, Educators, Administrators, Transportation, First Responders, Victim Advocates and Communities. Take a look at this video to see him in action.

Blueprints Conference 2012

Speakers Bureau

The Foundation works with a growing number of nationally recognized experts and stakeholders in the arena of school safety. We can facilitate booking, arrangements, press and promotion for your next conference or event.

The SRP/SRM Workshops

Effective programs The "I Love U Guys" Foundation offers are half day and full day workshops for Educators, Administrators and Law Enforcement. These mini-symposiums offer a catalyst to ignite the school safety spectrum and the tools and resources needed to do it.

Take a look at the speakers, the Foundation can help bring one or more to your event.

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15 Acres of Optimism

A Community Vision

In December, 2010, a 15-acre parcel of land in Bailey was donated to The "I Love U Guys" Foundation. What the future holds for this property is still uncertain, but some very creative ideas have been presented. Ideally it will become the location of our headquarters, but also something the community can enjoy.

Stewarship

At minimum we try to be good stewards of the land and would especially like to thank our local Boy Scouts and volunteers who have helped with fire mitigation.

Take a look at what we have going, and planned, for this beautiful piece of property.

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Curated Resources

Interesting Stuff

The "I Love U Guys" Foundation partners with select businesses to provide additional resources to schools, districts, departments and organizations.

Please take a moment to review these organizations and their products.

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The Briefings

National Conference

This week-long symposium at Columbine High School examines lessons learned and reveals new, preemptive safety measures. Presenters include school administrators, law enforcement, criminal justice and mental health professionals who were involved in the response and recovery to school violence and other emergency events.

This symposium provides key takeaways that districts, departments and agencies can implement immediately.

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The Briefings

National Conference

This week-long symposium at Columbine High School examines lessons learned and reveals new, preemptive safety measures. Presenters include school administrators, law enforcement, criminal justice and mental health professionals who were involved in the response and recovery to school violence and other emergency events.

This symposium provides key takeaways that districts, departments and agencies can implement immediately.

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Questions?

Some Answers

Although our programs are designed so you can download the material and implement them without needing our help, some questions have arisen.

We have compiled some frequent questions and attempted to answer them here.

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Beyond K-12

SRP Implementation Guidance

As schools, districts and law enforcement began to put the Standard Response Protocol into practice, it was a natural progression for Community Colleges, Trade and Technical Schools to adapt the SRP to their circumstance.

SRP Implementation Guidance for Community College, Trade and Technical Schools provides actions more akin to what can be expected of adult students.

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Institutions

SRP Implementation Guidance

A critical ingredient in personal safety is a standard response to any incident.

The SRP Implementation Guidance for Business and Institutions focuses on staff training to address the issue of having occupants who may not be familiar with the SRP.

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Sexting

TODO JM Do We Add?

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