The "I Love U Guys" Foundation was created to restore and protect the joy of youth through educational programs and positive actions in collaboration with families, schools, communities, organizations and government entities.
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?"
The "I Love U Guys" Foundation was created by parents and friends of Emily Keyes. Her kindness, spirit and fierce joy, and the dignity and grace that followed this tragic event define the core of The "I Love U Guys" Foundation.
In the following years, Foundation members were invited to sit in on school safety conferences, seminars and meetings. They held a few roundtables of their own, and enlisted the help of an Emergency Manager to help with their education.
By 2009 it became clear that they could have an impact on school safety. They started by telling their story, conveying the message that "It can happen here," no matter what "it" is or where "here" is. They were in a position to turn their knowledge into action. Emily gave them a voice.
In the next year, as numerous connections were made with experts in the realm of school safety, the Standard Response Protocol was developed as an easily utilized response to all hazards. The review team was, and still is, comprised of school safety practitioners and experts. 2015 brought the release of the Standard Reunification Method which is still in high demand around the country. All programs are free to use, and the materials can be downloaded at no cost. Organizations may request training for any aspect of the programs for a fee.
"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."
Kathy Friesen, Principal of Galeton Elementary School
"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."
- Tom Wiens, Former Colorado Senator, author of Colorado Senate Bill 181
"The Standard Response Protocol is fabulous. Simple but effective and easy to teach students, staff and teachers."
- Frank DeAngelis, Principal of Columbine High School
"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."
- Patrick Kissane, Detective Sergeant, Fort Lee New Jersey Police Department, NJASRO-Founder, 2nd Vice President