Local nonprofit promotes student leadership
Columbus, OH - January 18, 2019
The iBELIEVE Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 2011. Our mission is 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 across the 13-state Appalachian region.
Every iBELIEVE program conceptualizes the ideas of experiential learning to empower student leaders across Appalachia. Programs are offered year round to provide continual opportunities for students to practice learned skills and re-connect with a network of proactive peers. Thanks to our generous sponsors, every student is provided these unique opportunities completely expense free.
iBELIEVE’s first Statehouse Day was hosted at the Ohio Statehouse. Students from the state’s most active high schools were invited to participate in an innovative program that invited state level political constituents to interact with students from rural districts and engage in a dialogue about issues and challenges for Appalachian communities.
National Appalachian Student Leadership Conference
The National Appalachian Student Leadership Conference was hosted for the first time in 2018. Appalachian student leaders convened at The Ohio State University for one weekend to discuss, analyze, and address real-world issues affecting their communities. 118 students from 51 schools attended the conference and represented 45 counties and 4 Appalachian states
Summer Leadership Workshops
This year, iBELIEVE completed its seventh year of programming and hosted 12 workshops in 4 states. iBELIEVE sponsored 907 students from 194 different schools. Those students represented 90 counties in 5 Appalachian states. Since 2011, iBELIEVE has hosted over 30 leadership workshops, and has sponsored over 3,000 student opportunities on campuses across Appalachia.
Leadership summits are single day events designed to recruit new students to connect with leaders from different schools to discover, build, and strengthen the skills necessary for effective leadership. Local high schools collaborate at regional college campuses to promote student develop in their schools. In 2018, 11 summits were hosted on 10 college campuses, and involved 989 students from 94 schools.
Across all programs in 2018, The iBELIEVE Foundation provided leadership opportunities to 2,014 students from 5 Appalachian states and 93 counties. In addition, iBELIEVE’s programs provided 229 volunteer staff opportunities totaling 9,314 hours of service.
The iBELIEVE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. 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 www.theibelievefoundation.org.
The iBELIEVE Foundation
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:
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 www.theibelievefoundation.org.
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.
The iBELIEVE Foundation
$168,000 dedication supports students of Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky
Students of today’s generation seek to obtain skills learned outside the classroom. Vital social skills such as leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills are increasingly demanded to secure successful positions in the workforce. In rural Appalachia, The iBELIEVE Foundation is taking measures to increase access to leadership development programs for high school students. The Foundation prioritizes the future of these students by providing expense free opportunities for local participants to develop these skills at annual program events hosted year-round. The iBELIEVE Foundation’s mission would not be successful without contributions like those dedicated from the American Electric Power Community Foundation.
AEP announced earlier this week that it would award iBELIEVE with a contribution of $168,000. The funds will support iBELIEVE Summer Workshop programs in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. The summer program series invites high school students for a week-long, residential program hosted across regional universities. The funds dedicated from AEP will sponsor 450 students to attend expense free.
Patrick Klein, founder of the iBELIEVE Foundation, thanked AEP for their dedication to the organization. “We are so grateful for what AEP has done for our organization since Day 1. Their commitment to the Appalachian region and the futures of the local youth has been evident by their actions. This grant will provide even more students with life-changing experiences, but more importantly, allow us to grow in a new state. Thank you for believing in our mission.”
“Education is the top philanthropic priority of the American Electric Power Foundation,” said Dale Heydlauff, president of AEP Foundation. “It is the fundamental precursor to positive change and nowhere is the need greater than in the Appalachian communities reached through the iBELIEVE Foundation. We are proud to support the student leadership development work of the iBELIEVE Foundation as it inspires hundreds of youth to enroll in post-secondary studies that lead to rewarding careers.”
In an effort to emphasize the importance of the skills learned in the program, iBELIEVE is dedicated to providing every event at no cost for participants. Students are sponsored for a program scholarship valued at $350 on behalf of The Foundation’s fundraising efforts. We are proud of what we have accomplished in our first 6 years,” Klein says. “The young people of Appalachia are hard-working, bright, giving, and very motivated. Our goal is to continue to grow and provide this special opportunity to as many young people as possible!”
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, Ohio 45764. Donations can also be made online at www.theibelievefoundation.networkforgood.com . For more information on how you can make a difference in the lives of Appalachian youth, please call The iBELIEVE Foundation at 614-827-5463 or visit www.theibelievefoundation.org
The iBELIEVE Foundation was established to provide leadership, communication, and problem solving skills to Appalachian youth so that they could become successful future leaders in their schools and most importantly in their communities. More information can be found at www.theibelievefoundation.org