The iBELIEVE Foundation strives to provide opportunities to Appalachian youth for the development of 21st Century Skills such as leadership, communication, and problem solving. Ultimately, our ambitious goal is to increase collegiate attendance and retention in the Appalachian communities of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
The iBELIEVE Foundation was created in 2011 to help provide more opportunities for Appalachian youth. Today, iBELIEVE provides thousands of students per year educational and learning opportunities to grow their 21st Century Skills and build a network of student-leaders across the region.
Originally, iBELIEVE started out as just a summer camp opportunity for just 36 student-leaders. But the growth of the organization through the donations of many corporations and individuals have allowed the addition of year round programming. This programming focuses on getting Appalachian schools involved in developmental programs for their students. In 2016, iBELIEVE partnered with the Ohio Association of Student Councils to unify their summer camp programming for Appalachian students, Columbus Public students, and outside student leaders.
Thanks to the partnership of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), iBELIEVE has been able to hold a 501(c)3 status as a “field of interest fund” through their organization. FAO continues to serve as iBELIEVE’s back office and money managers as iBELIEVE moves to their own 501(c)3 status in 2016.