The YME Foundation, a Christ-centered, non-profit organization located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, impacts education by investing in students and supporting teachers in both private and public schools. Our mission is to inspire youth to reach their full potential through innovative approaches to education. Our vision is to see children discover new passions, develop useful skills, and find their purpose. This not only benefits their future, but also the communities in which they live.
The YME Foundation is committed to providing educational programs to empower students and encourage teachers in private and public schools.
We plan to do this by:
- Creating non-profit, self-sustaining Christian campuses that offer academic enrichment programs that engage students vocationally to ignite their passion and fuel their purpose in life.
- Developing on-site programs and businesses to support the self-sustaining school’s administrative team and financial obligations so teachers can focus on what they do best: educate.
- Instilling strong and healthy work ethics in each student and equipping them with skills so they can reach their full potential and contribute positively to their community and world.
- Giving educators the support and appreciation they need to feel empowered to contribute to the lives of the youth in their care.
When Jake Schellenberg was five years old, his family emigrated to America with no plan, no home, and no money. Through God’s grace and the generosity of a farmer, his parents provided a decent life for them. In high school, his teachers nurtured his gifts and inspired him to start his own business straight out of high school. Twenty years later, though Jake was living the American dream with a successful trucking business, a beautiful wife, and four children… something was missing.
His passion to build a better community for his family and everyone around them grew. He couldn’t help think about that farmer who gave his family a chance and his teachers who fueled his passion for learning. He knew he wanted to invest in education by inspiring young people to pursue their talents and encourage teachers to continue investing in youth. That’s when he started to develop what is now The YME Foundation. After ten years of dreaming with his board members, in March 2016, YME incorporated.