Crisis isn’t a choice.
The “I Love U Guys” Foundation’s programs for crisis response and post-crisis reunification are used in more than 40,000 schools, districts, departments, agencies, organizations and communities around the world. They are created through the research-based best practices of school administrators, psychologists, public space safety experts, families, and first responders. We’re a powerful conduit uniting this work.
The “I Love U Guys” Foundation team of trainers all have personal and professional experience with school and public safety. Through their experiences, our trainings come to life in a way that can only be felt through people who’ve been there.
It was a tragedy that launched The Foundation. And we thrive because we know that with love, we can work together to protect and restore the joy of youth. We’re doing it. Join us. With you, we got this.
I realize how unprepared we have been… now we have the tools, the resources, and a plan.
Samuel Olsen, Security Monitor, Alamosa High School.
Twice a year the Foundation hosts its national conference. The Briefings is a nationally-recognized school and community safety symposium suited for educators, school safety teams, first responders, emergency and risk managers, victim advocates, mental health professionals and community members.
Right now kids, teens and adults are being trained in the Standard Response Protocol or the Standard Reunification Method.
Programs and training evolve every way through collaboration, research, evaluation and heart.
Even if an organization doesn’t adopts our programs, if we ignited a conversation that’s a win.
For us, being a catalyst is the real end game. Together, we can change the culture through meaningful conversations and clear action.
Emily gave us a voice. And from the classroom she told us what to say. “I love you guys.”
Proven Programs for School and Community Safety
Developed hand-in-hand with school administrators, psychologists, public space safety experts, families, and first responders, our programs are both research and experience-based.
They are used in more than 30,000 schools, districts, departments, agencies, organizations, and municipalities around the world and are available at no cost. Not even an email address.
The Standard Response Protocol
The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) provides consistent, clear, shared language and actions among all students, staff and first responders for all hazards. It is action based, and allows organizations, first responders, students, and parents to share a specific vocabulary for quick and coordinated action. It also acts as a tool for training which develops the muscle memory necessary to respond appropriately in moments of crisis.
The SRP is based on five actions: Hold, Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, and Shelter.
The Standard Reunification Method
Reunifying students with parents or guardians is a critical component of emergency response, but one that is often overlooked. The Standard Reunification Method (SRM) provides school and district safety teams with proven methods to plan, practice, and achieve a successful reunification amid what can be chaotic and stressful circumstances.
SRM – Reunification Exercise
The Standard Reunification Method – Reunification Exercise (SRM-REx) is intended to show school, district and emergency response personnel what capabilities there are for handling, organizing, and reunifying the staff and students that have experienced an emergent event that was man-made, technological, or natural.
Working with local emergency managers, law enforcement, fire and EMS, and district personnel, we help craft and conduct an exercise that tests your capacity for a successful reunification.
Partner with Love
The “I Love U Guys” Foundation has never gone it alone. Serving first responders, administrators, and our community is the result of endless collaboration and partnerships. We all have a role to play. Together we’re a powerful conduit that unites this important work.
We will achieve our mission only with the help of others. Whether you’re a concerned parent, active community member, a school looking for a service project, a company involved in school safety, or a potential underwriter for our work we’re grateful you found us.
Got the Program? Get the Training.
Delivered by people who’ve been there, an “I Love U Guys” Foundation training is a special blend of emotional heart and tactical takeaways. Our trainers’ stories from inside and behind school crises illustrate the importance of planning and preparing, while our easy-to-learn protocols and methods show you how.
Today, we also have remote options for most of our training options. Fewer hugs, same effectiveness.
The “I Love U Guys” Foundation offers training to schools, districts, departments, agencies and organizations. While there is enough material on the website to implement the programs, Foundation training may add a bit more. Please contact us for rates and availability.
Ideal for conferences and events, SRP or SRM Breakout Sessions introduce the concepts and history of the programs and how to implement the program in an educational environment.
SRP/SRM Half Day Seminar
Perfect for in-service days or training events, this half day workshop gives participants practical information on the Standard Response Protocol and the Standard Reunification Method.
SRP/SRM Full Day Train the Trainer Workshop
This is a full day training, with the expected outcome that participants will have the ability to perform classroom training in the Standard Response Protocol and the Standard Reunification Method, implement the program, train teams, and handle advanced questions.
Completion of the workshop allows attendees to conduct training within their organization for two (2) years. After two years, the individual must attend another Train the Trainer Workshop, as materials are updated periodically. Please note:
- Trainers are not able to train others to become trainers.
- Trainers are not able to train people at other districts, agencies, organizations.
- Trainers are not able to sell their services or otherwise profit from training others.
SRM-REx Reunification Exercise
This 2-day course offers a day in the classroom and a day in the field, taking you through focused classroom training, tabletop discussions, and functional reunification exercises. All stakeholders in reunification are encouraged to take part in this exercise including district and school staff, public safety, emergency managers, mental health professionals, and community leaders.
School safety software providers have utilized the Standard Reunification Method in their applications for years. We are piloting a new program with Raptor Technologies, T-REx (yes, we know, but we couldn’t resist). T-REx is a unique opportunity to learn the practical mechanics of the SRM and how it works using mobile and desktop technology.
T-REx follows the same agenda as the 2-day SRM-REx workshop and functional exercises, with the added bonus of seeing how the process works with technology.
The “I Love U Guys” Foundation does not endorse any specific commercial product mentioned on this website, training, or exercises.
The Briefings are nationally-recognized school and community safety symposiums that explore timely topics in school and community safety, as well as training on the Standard Response Protocol and Standard Reunification Method. While the Briefings’ historical roots are in Colorado, we’re branching out with Regional Briefings around the country. Stay tuned, stay informed.
Immersive Learning Experience
Choose from our half-day, full-day, or full-day with dual keynotes options led by nationally recognized leaders and practitioners. The Immersive Learning Experience features captivating keynote sessions and hands-on SRP and SRM workshops designed for skill development, with ample opportunities for networking with your peers.
Live Remote Training
Available in breakout, half-day, and full-day formats, we can deliver any of our in-person training online. Not your typical Zoom meeting, we’ve invested in high-definition cameras, microphones and software to live stream our training events.
The “I Love U Guys” Foundation keynotes are experiences that transform thoughts and ideas into action. That something can be done to prepare for the unthinkable, and what can happen when we don’t.
Delivered by people who’ve been there, our keynotes blend emotional heart with tangible paths forward with stories from inside and behind school crises They illustrate the importance of planning and preparing in a way only those who’ve been through it can.
If you are interested in booking one of our keynote sessions, please fill out our request form.
Anticipating The Unthinkable
Carly Posey tells her story of what happened inside Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. She shares what went wrong and right on that day and the years to follow.
The Black Swan
John-Michael Keyes connects the violent incident at Platte Canyon High School with the Black Swan Theory of improbable events. How the aftermath of tragedy is also in that category: that outcomes and programs of The “I Love U Guys” Foundation are unpredictably positive.
Leadership: Columbine Lessons: The 1999 tragedy at Columbine High School
The tragedy at Columbine redefined the nation. Dr. Frank DeAngelis tells his story from the events to the aftermath.
Arapahoe High Debrief – Law Enforcement
When the day we prepare and train for arrives, there are things we don’t expect. In this session, James Englert provides first-hand details of the shooting at Arapahoe High School from the perspective of a school resource officer (SRO) on scene.
Platte Canyon Debrief – Civilian
The tragic events on September 27th 2006 at Platte Canyon High School brought two unlikely people together: A.J. DeAndrea who devised and executed the tactical plan for the hostage rescue, and John-Michael Keyes who lost his daughter, Emily. The riveting point-counterpoint of their actions on that day are only part of the story.
Platte Canyon Debrief – Law Enforcement
This presentation gives a deep dive of the events and lessons learned at Platte Canyon High School from the law enforcement perspective. A.J. DeAndrea devised and executed the tactical plan for the hostage rescue, and John-Michael Keyes lost his daughter, Emily. A SWAT Team lead and a victim’s father share their experiences.
Platte Canyon Debrief – Negotiator
This presentation explores the interactions during the Platte Canyon High School events between a negotiator, Stacy Avila, and a 16 year old girl being held hostage. It’s a powerful affirmation of a negotiator and a victim’s father (John-Michael Keyes) sharing their experiences on that day and beyond.
When the Worst Happens: Interconnected Stories of Response, Recovery & Resilience.
Jordan Murphy and Carly Posey share lessons learned through their stories and experiences of the Aurora Theatre shooting and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and their unbreakable bond through tragedy.
Create and deliver better presentations despite PowerPoint
The true enemy of a great presentation is the brain of everyone in your audience. How it’s wired. How it works. How it explodes. (Figuratively, of course. None of us want actual exploding brains.) Carpe Audience exposes the science behind multimedia learning and reveals how many of today’s common practices actually induce cognitive overload.
Symposium: a gathering of experts who come together to share their work related to a specific topic.
The Briefings are a nationally recognized school and community safety symposium held twice a year. We explore timely topics such as being prepared for small or large incidents, threat management, lessons learned from prior incidents, recovery after a traumatic experience, as well as training on the Standard Response Protocol and Standard Reunification Method.
Each event is unique offering the stories, insights, next steps and lessons learned across the entire spectrum of safety. From prevention through recovery, leading experts, practitioners and survivors bring you effective methods for keeping schools and communities safe. Participants take away actionable insights they can implement immediately
Our goal with The Briefings is to bring together an array of experts to share their knowledge and experience so we can learn from each other and take away actionable insights that help advance our collective mission of safer schools and communities.
The Array of Experts
As we see it, there are three types of experts and the best approach is to learn from all.
- Scholarly experts have pursued a field of study and received advanced degrees (typically a Ph.D., Ed.D., JD, etc).
- Field experts are certified and/or accredited by a professional organization (such as PSP, LISW, LCSW, NCSP, CTM, Esq., etc.)
- Practical experts have extensive experience in a position or industry and are regarded by others as highly knowledgeable
The Specific Topic
In the broad sense, the topic is always safety – physical and emotional safety of students, staff and the community. Our particular emphasis at The Briefings is on the ways we can prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. The basis for this is our work developing the Standard Response Protocol and the Standard Reunification Method and The Briefings always include a half-day training on SRP and SRM.
Additionally, The Briefings bring to light, timely topics, new insights and fresh perspectives from our ever-growing network of experts and the ever-evolving world of public safety.
The Summer Briefings
July 9-12, 2023
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The “I Love U Guys” Foundation serves the lives of students, administrators, public safety experts, families, and first responders through the development and training of school and community safety and family reunification programs. Our programs have been implemented by over 30,000 schools, agencies and organizations across the United States, Canada and 11 other countries.
We are a conduit for the work and experience of administrators, psychologists, public space safety experts, families, and first responders. This collaborative work is data-driven, researched, and based on experience and best practices.
All our programs are available online at no cost. Not even an email address.
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Hugs. I Love u guys.
To restore and protect the joy of youth through educational programs and positive actions in collaboration with families, schools, communities, organizations and government entities.