Strength

Humility

Service

Compassion

JKB Experiential Education Foundation is designed to empower high school students to improve lives and foster social harmony.

Follow Our Evolution

For years, the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation took a transformational approach to helping students lead, grow, and give back to their communities. In 2015, JKB EEF was formed as a new branch of the JKB experience designed to connect alumni, donors, parents, and others to the history, impact, and continued legacy of JKB’s alumni and leadership.

What We’re Doing

JKB EEF is about taking action and making a difference in our communities and around the world. We’re harnessing the talents of the amazing alumni, donors, and parents of JKB to continue that legacy. Our current initiative is a partnership with Watts of Love, a program to help people raise themselves out of poverty and onto a path of prosperity for generations to come with the power of solar light.

Our Alumni

We knew they would go on to do great things, and they are! Our alumni are young adults of action and they are amazing! 

We Need You

JKB EEF drives action through collaboration. We need you to volunteer your time, advocate for our initiatives, or donate to our program. Here are ways you can get involved and brighten up the most impoverished communities in the world.

JKB Leadership

Let’s connect!

Whether you’re an alum or a fan, follow all our adventures and impact and share your own with us.

Interested in a JKB reunion? JKB Alumni will be traveling to Kenya with Watts of Love in June 2023!... If you are interested in this opportunity, donate today for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip. Every donation increases your chances to win the raffle. Five tickets will be entered for every donation of any amount. Deadline for entries is November 30, so ACT NOW! https://funraise.org/give/Watts-of-Love/dad9c5b4-e51d-4cbd-8706-5d924d8eeeaf
If you would like to learn more about the JKB Alumni Trip, please email Colleen Malany (colleen@jkbfoundation.org).

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Interested in a JKB reunion? JKB Alumni will be traveling to Kenya with Watts of Love in June 2023!... If you are interested in this opportunity, donate today for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip. Every donation increases your chances to win the raffle. Five tickets will be entered for every donation no matter what the amount. ACT NOW! The deadline for this chance is November 30! https://funraise.org/give/Watts-of-Love/dad9c5b4-e51d-4cbd-8706-5d924d8eeeaf
If you would like to learn more about the JKB Alumni Trip, please email Colleen Malany (colleen@jkbfoundation.org).

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We have entered into the last week of ...September. It's a time to remember and not forget that September was Suicide Awareness Month. A huge progressive step was the anouncement of 988, a suicide hotline available to all. Even those who are least likely to chose this horrific & tragic path in their lives, somehow make the choice. Let's continue to be aware and do what we can to stop this tragedy that seems to overwhelmingly occur at an increased rate each year.
It seems to be a good time to repost about the podcast Mike Bushman & I participated in through the University of Illinois Leadership Center. It is a 22 minute listen that is well worthwhile.
https://anchor.fm/madetolead/episodes/From-Pain-to-Purpose-e1f8n0q
Also, a reminder to read Pain to Purpose-Teaching Teens to Lead, Foster, Engage the JKB Way (by Mike Bushman). It's available on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Pain-Purpose-Teaching-Foster-Engage/dp/B093RX61CJ/ref=sr_1_1?crid

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Pain to Purpose: Teaching Teens to Lead, Foster and Engage the JKB Way

After losing her only child to suicide, Colleen Malany knew the best path forward was turning pain to purpose. By helping thousands of teens help...

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Another circle around the sun, Kyle! It's inconceivable to me that you would be 45 today. ...You are so very loved. You are so very missed. You are so very celebrated.
#Forever16 #ThefoundationofJKB

Ramarro Lamar (JKB 2014)
Married Ally Sargus September 4, 2022.
"Your wedding day will... come & go, but may your love forever grow. Wishing you a lifetime of love & happiness" Much love to you! You're my favorite Cornhusker Marine!

Congratulations Colleen Lyons (Namesake) (JKB 2011) and Alec Datoli...married on September 16, ...2022! Colleen & Eric Datoli...
"Your wedding day will come & go, but may your love forever grow. Wishing you a lifetime of love & happiness" Much love to you both

Vote for Nicky Lopez (JKB 2011)! You can vote every day! Here is part of what was written in ...Nicky's bio.
"The seeds for using his skills and talents in service to others were set at home for Nicky, first by his parents and family, then by those around him in his hometown of Naperville, Ill. including those at his alma mater Naperville Central High School. It was there that he was nominated for the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation program designed to empower high school students to improve lives and foster social harmony. Nicky viewed the opportunity and experience as life-changing for him. The program focuses on the pillars of strength, humility, service and compassion. All those attributes can be seen in the work Nicky has chosen to commit himself to both in his original hometown and now here in Kansas City." "There may not be a player in the game today whose on-field skills are more in alignment with the traits he also exhibits off the field: defense, sacrifice, team."
He is JKB all the way. He had shoes made that said JKB and JWEG in honor of Justin Wegner (JKB 2013). So very proud of this guy....so deserving of this nomination....let's get him this award...VOTE

Congratulations Lieutenants Sarah & Jamie Palmer (JKB 2013) on your July 1st wedding❣🎉. ...May you always find yourselves as much in love, as kind to one another, & as grateful to one another as you were on your wedding day. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.💞
Thank you both for your service.....

Congratulations Ernie Yanez (JKB 2010) and Mary Layne Graham on your engagement. What could be ...better than to cement your love on the beach in Diani, Kenya! Well done️‍❣️🍾🥂