Imagine Etiquette Youth Foundation (IEYF) is a 501(c)(3), Non-Profit Corporation whose mission is to empower, encourage, and elevate disadvantaged youth through programs that teach basic and advanced skills necessary to successfully navigate life and to reach one's full potential. Core to IEYF is the fundamental goal to encourage economic empowerment.
Imagine Etiquette Youth Foundation (IEYF), a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation is the sister organization to Imagine Etiquette & Image Consulting, Inc. (IEIC) and was established to provide a pathway, regardless of ability to pay, to gaining the skills necessary to enter adulthood successfully. In order to escape the cycle of poverty that many children of color are born into they must become proficient at managing finances.
Through free 6th –12th grade summer programs, IEYF will teach a "Behavioral Finance & Lifestyle'' course composed of Etiquette, Financial Literacy, and Life Skills. Each skill is equally important to achieving economic empowerment.
Students learn about personal development, proper manners, politeness, respect, character building, and integrity as well as creating a positive image.
Students learn the importance of financial responsibility and independence. We teach how to save, spend, and create a budget in order to achieve their goals. We aim to reduce dependency on others and a system that is structured to keep families in poverty through predatory financial products that take advantage of people's lack of understanding and desperation.
Students learn how to build and maintain self-esteem, create and set goals, develop relationships, resolve conflict, master job interviewing techniques, create a resume, as well as learn other important life skills.
We envision a society where youth of all backgrounds possess the life and financial skills necessary
to succeed in life as adults and are able to compete on a leveling playing field for all opportunities regardless of race, religion, or economics of family of origin.
Each year, high-achieving students will be eligible for IEYF scholarships to bridge the gap between tuition and other necessary college expenses. In many cases, financial aid only covers tuition fees leaving students burdened with finding additional financial support for housing, food, and books.