The iBELIEVE Foundation Releases Planned Impact for 2018

Local nonprofit promotes student leadership

Columbus, OH – March 1, 2018 - Today The iBELIEVE Foundation publicly released information about its plan to increase educational opportunities in local communities for 2018. The organization which promotes 21st Century skills will feature 13 total leadership development programs for its Summer Workshops. This year, the series will feature a 5-day, 4-night residential program hosted by 9 regional college campuses across 4 Appalachian states. With each event hosting around 150 high school students, the nonprofit expects to sponsor over 1,500 students this summer. Students from six Appalachian states (Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Virginia) will be invited to participate in the program this year as the foundation works to expand program opportunities in the region.

The series will promote the following schedule:May 13 – 15:

  • Marietta College with Ohio Valley ESC
  • June 10 – 14: East Tennessee State University
  • June 17 – 21: University of Rio Grande & University of Charleston
  • June 24 – 28: West Liberty University & Youngstown State University
  • July 8 – 12: West Liberty University & Muskingum University
  • July 15 – 19: Muskingum University & Marietta College
  • July 22 – 26: Eastern Kentucky University & Otterbein University
  • July 29 – August 2: Eastern Kentucky University

Details about the events can be found on the organization’s website:

The iBELIEVE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2011 with a mission to provide development opportunities to Appalachian youth. This year it will operate on a 1.3 million dollar budget to provide expense free leadership programs to high school students in counties across the 13 states of the Appalachian region. Rural students selected to participate in the Summer Workshop program receive an all-inclusive program scholarship valued at $350.

Patrick Klein, Executive Director of the organization explains the value of the sponsored opportunities, “The iBELIEVE Foundation continues to grow and provide life-changing opportunities to the Appalachian region. This summer, we will grow into 2 additional states” (Tennessee and Virginia), said Klein. “We are proud to represent such a strong, hardworking region. These students are the future leaders of our cities, states, and nation."

Students that participate in iBELIEVE Foundation summer camps and other programming develop a sense of their personal strengths and weaknesses to be better students, leaders, and citizens. Through the program, participants develop the network necessary to help them achieve their goals, creating more opportunities for current and future Appalachian students.

Gifts to the iBELIEVE Foundation are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, and life insurance. To support leadership opportunities for Appalachian students, please designate your gift to The iBELIEVE Foundation and mail to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764. Donations can also be made online at


About The iBELIEVE Foundation

The iBELIEVE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The foundation strives to provide opportunities to Appalachian youth for the development of 21st Century skills such as leadership, communication, and problem solving. Ultimately, the organization’s goal is to increase collegiate attendance and retention in the Appalachian region.

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