Who We Are

For more than 20 years, The J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation has provided thousands of high school student leaders with a variety of interactive leadership training experiences to prepare them for a lifetime of leadership.


Evolved from the original program and rooted in the tenants of strength, humility, compassion and service, the JKB Experiential Education Foundation was founded in 2014. The JKB Experiential Education Foundation is a 5-day experiential program during the summer preceding a student’s junior year and is dedicated to developing, nurturing and strengthening students through a series of leadership training sessions and team activities that can be leveraged for the remainder of their high school years and beyond.

Through a combination of daily activities that include lessons from Sean Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens,” hands-on activities such as rowing and ROPES courses designed to foster collaboration and problem-solving, students develop invaluable leadership skills to bring back to their own schools and communities while building friendships, relationships and support networks to last a lifetime.

Mission Statement and Vision

JKB Experiential Education Foundation is designed to empower high school students to improve lives and foster social harmony. The foundation accomplishes this purpose through hands-on experiential training and the incorporation of real life situations to help young adults develop the skill sets needed to:

  • Cope with and apply acceptable solutions to the challenges encountered during high school years
  • Implement positive actions to prevent undesirable behaviors and activities from occurring
  • Foster relationships and create support groups that provide affirmation to themselves and those around them
  • Intervene positively and effectively with troubled peers, becoming positive and influential role models in the community
  • Initiate and carry out programs within their schools to address and prevent social issues

The JKB Experiential Education Foundation provides an interactive environment outside of the bricks and mortar of high schools and is designed to promote successful experiential learning and the transfer of knowledge and good judgment into the lives of its students and the lives around them.


Read what people are saying about the JKB Experiential Education Foundation. Click on the thumbnails to read more!

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  • Mama C, I am so grateful to have been able to spend a week at Monmouth. I never thought I could walk away with 19 best friends but I definitely have. I was able to capture a lot of our week on video, so I’ve attached the link. Let me know what you think! Again, thank you for everything. You have influenced so many people and I am honored to be one of them. So much love, Emily Otto watch video
    Emily, JKB 2015
  • I can't thank you enough for starting the JKB organization. I am so privileged to have had this opportunity and be able to feel the lasting impact of Kyle's life. What a gift it is to be a part of an organization that lifts up communities/lives with a purpose to lead in a way that glorifies God and benefits others! It is such a blessing to have been able to be with other young men that are on a similar path that I am, and to be able to grow and learn with them. I just can't thank you enough Mama C. for taking the road less traveled on and starting this organization to build into kids like Kyle and I who are trying to be bright lights in the world. God needs positive leaders in the world. Thank you for noticing that in Kyle, thank you for acting upon God's calling! Sincerely, Luke B
    Luke B, JKB Summer 2015
  • Thank you so much for the awesome week. The amount of work you have put into the program is unimaginable, and I thank you for that. I had such a fun time and also learned so much. I feel so blessed to have been able to attend, and even more blessed to have been able to attend with my brother. I can't wait to see what Wheaton North can do through the JKB program. The bond I have created with all of the amazing guys will last with me for the rest of my life and that is all thanks to Kyle and you too. Once again, thank you and I am honored to be able to say I am a part of the program. -Jack B.
    Jack B., JKB 2015
  • I wanted to thank you for all you have done with the JKB foundation and what you have done for all of us. I am honored to be able to say that I am a member of this amazing club. I had such a great week at Monmouth and there isn't a day that I haven't wanted to be back there with my new brothers. We all miss it so much, but we cherish all the memories and friendships that were made there. It was one of (if not) the best weeks of my life. This is all truly a blessing and I can't thank you or any of the sponsors enough! I cannot wait to see what JKB has in store for all of us! -Griffin
    Griffin, JKB 2015
  • Thank you for the wonderful week  that you provided for me and my new life-long friends. Your dedication to the JKB program touched me and has encouraged me to go out and be a good leader in my community in memory of Kyle. Hope to see you soon!
    Eric, JKB 2015
  • It's been such a long few weeks since Monmouth College. I miss it so much. JKB is unlike any other experience out there. I feel like it just can't be described, but I can truly say that the week had a large impact on my life. I'm already applying a variety of things from Monmouth College. I can't wait to see what Hinsdale Central can do this year. I want to give you and Kyle, the deepest and sincerest thank you for making this all possible. Thousands of lives have been changed and thousands more will be continued to be changed. It is an honor to be part of this, and I know Kyle is up there smiling at the great things the alumni will do in his name. Thank you so much, -L.L
    Logan, JKB 2015
  • As a collegiate coach I have used what I learned about leadership and implemented it into my coaching; not only through the game of soccer, but also through teaching my players what it means to be a leader on and off the field. Though they don't know it, they are learning from JKB as well.
    Sara Meyer, JKB 1999
  • Being a part of the JKB program shaped who we were as high school athletes and still influences the choices we make and the opportunities we have every day. The program showed us how much potential we have to pursue leadership opportunities wherever we see a need.
    Blake Butler, Aleisha Bozek & Jaime Jones,
    JKB 2010
  • We are forever filled with gratitude for the life changing influence of the JKB program in our daughter’s life, as well as its very important impact on our family. Our daughter’s experience led her to grow and develop in ways that otherwise may not have occurred until well into her college years. She acquired skills in emotional and interpersonal communication that connect her to her JKB friends in a unique way, and have increased the emotional communication in our already close family.
    Laura Ciha, JKB Mom

Upcoming Programs and Events

Each summer, The JKB Experiential Education Foundation will welcome new students from participating schools during four sessions. Each 5-day program will be inspirational as well as physically and mentally challenging and will culminate with each participant developing personal and collaborative goals, mission statements and initiatives that can be implemented upon return to their home communities. These tools extend far beyond the summer session, serving as a guide for action, influence and impact throughout their educational and extra-curricular programs, future careers and civic engagements.

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Last night the JKB Family lost a loved one. Justin Wegner (2013) fought the cancer battle for 4 years...valiantly with courage and strength. I know that Kyle was there to meet him. My heart is shattered and truly aches for what the Wegner family endures. Justin, you have now entered the life everlasting and are free of pain & suffering. You are loved by so many because you are such a loving & giving young man. I know my life was enriched having had you in it and I will forever be so proud to be your Mama B. Much love to you.
Justin Wegner - 2/11/1997 to 7/10/2019
"They do not die who live in the hearts they leave behind"
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2nd Lieutenant James Palmer
JKB 2013
Good Luck at Ft. Carson...#backinCO!
Thank you for your Service
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CONGRATULATIONS SCOTT PIPER! You are the complete package!!!! JKB 2014 JKB Volunteer 2017
Michigan State and PNC team up to award the Student Athlete of the Month. Scott was one of 3 in April.

Piper, a junior from Naperville, Ill., holds a perfect 4.0 grade-point average as a biosystems engineering major. At the 2019 Big Ten Championships, he broke the school record in both the 200 IM (1:46.42) and 200 fly (1:42.73). Piper also recorded six first-place finishes throughout the season, along with qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Trials at the USA Winter Nationals back in December. An Academic All-Big Ten selection, he is a student ambassador for the Honors College, and will be Vice President of MSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as a senior. Piper recently shaved his head as part of the St. Baldrick's event to benefit childhood cancer research, while also being active with Salvation Army and Toys 4 Tots.
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Drew Crawford....so very proud of you! (JKB 2007)

Vanoli Cremona guard Drew Crawford was named MVP of the 2018-2019 Italian League.

Crawford averaged 17.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game to lead Cremona to the second spot in the standings at the end of the regular season.

This is the second MVP trophy for Crawford this season in Italy. The American player had also claimed MVP of the Italian Cup tournament.
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The JKB Experiential Education Foundation welcomes your financial support. Your donation contributes to the development of our nation’s future leaders and supports direct costs such as teaching materials, licensed mental health counselor, transportation, room, board, facilities and activities.


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