About Us

mEEt the Person
behind the Vision...

Dr. K. Staten, Ph.D., a U.S. Air Force Veteran, educator, community activist, and entrepreneur, is dedicated to improving the lives of underserved youth and young adults and their families by helping to bridge the transition from childhood to adulthood. Dr. K. founded Kiyoko Akelia Staten Youth Institute, Inc. in loving memory of her first-born daughter who was born on June 22, 1983 at Hahn Air Base, Germany while actively serving our country in the United States Air Force.


Kiyoko’s life is the inspiration that drives Dr. K. to help youth and youth adults to live purposeful and fulfilled lives. Kiyoko Akelia Staten Youth Institute’s primarily focuses on opportunities available in our community and leads a active campaign to build the economic development and education outcomes for youth and young adults through life skills, STEAM, and entrepreneurship training.

The Problem

We believe the potential of our youth is endless but many lack the resources they need to reach their full potential.

Our Approach

Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty by training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial and environmental leaders.