The Mission of I AM 4:Thirteens is to provide empowerment and enrichment programs to young ladies in grades 8th-12th. Our goal is to equip them with tools and resources needed to prepare for college and career readiness. We accomplish this through the following enrichment programs. Confidence Building, Health & Wellness, College
Prep, and Leadership Development.


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Iesha Tyler is a life-long resident of Kansas City and true lover of her community. Her journey began with the opportunity to play collegiate basketball and culminated with earning a Bachelor’s degree and certificates in Communications and Organizational Leadership from the University of Kansas. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Missouri - Kansas City where she is also employed in the Office of Admissions. Since 2012, she has worked in the field of higher education.


She is the Founder/CEO of I AM 4:Thirteens Inc., a 501c3 mentorship program for teenage girls. It is her desire and passion to advocate for first time college students and increase their awareness of opportunities for college and career readiness programs. Iesha is a dynamic woman who is encouraging young ladies to live boldly and with purpose. She also inspires youth and makes an impact with her public speaking engagements. 


The adversity she endured from the loss of her father, and the unfavorable circumstances against her mother immensely impacted her journey. This was also motivation to become the best version of herself. Embracing the highs and lows of life were the driving force in the establishment of I AM 4:Thirteens Inc. However, this organization is only a fraction of her community involvement. She is an entrepreneur, mentor, youth advocate, and currently serves on the planning committee for the UMKC Women of Color Leadership Conference. The words that best describe our CEO/Founder Ms. Iesha Tyler are courageous, dedicated, and persistent.  She is empowered and inspired to make a difference not only in her life, but also in the lives of others.



To empower and improve teenage girls’ confidence, self-care, education, and leadership skills.