The iBELIEVE Foundation's Summer Workshops

Providing Appalachian Youth Opportunity

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 Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

The Need

97% of Americans believe our students need “real world” skills to be successful beyond high school, according to the Leadership Conference Education Fund, National Survey on Common Core (2015). Yet, Appalachian students attend college at rates as low as 35% - far below the national average of 63%, according to the Appalachian Regional Commission.

The iBELIEVE Summer Workshop is our signature program, designed to provide opportunities for students to develop real-world leadership skills they need now in order to prepare them for the classrooms and jobs of tomorrow.

About Summer Workshops

  • Who attends? Our programming is designed for high school students from Appalachian areas. We ask administrators to select students with leadership potential, students that could use a boost to become college bound, or students who can make an impact on their school culture. We offer 3 years of summer programming, with Workshop I setting the foundation.
  • When is it? Workshop is a five day, four night camp held on college campuses in June/July. Students arrive on Sundays and leave on Thursdays.
  • Why college campuses? Because we care so much about college admission, we want students to experience our workshops in college settings. Our campus partners provide incredible contexts for learning.
  • What is the cost? Attendance is 100% free for every student, including meals and lodging. Students are only asked to provide their own transportation to/from the workshop.

Our Guiding Principles for Student Learning

Our programs are based on concepts of experiential learning. We believe that all students have a natural potential for learning and that meaningful learning involves the whole person, including thoughts and feelings. Knowledge that is self-discovering and socially-supported is the most meaningful and is most likely to make a difference in behaviors.

Our programming puts these concepts into action, as we equip students with the interpersonal and executive skills that support back-at-school learning. Through individual and group activities, challenges, and moments for reflection, our delegates seize the opportunity to return to their schools and communities to become impactful leaders, and with the vision, drive, and skills to pursue their dreams!

Learn More & Get Involved

Feel free to explore the website to learn more about iBELIEVE’s mission, student and administrator testimonials, and specific workshop dates. iBELIEVE also offers year-round programming, including regional summits, overnight retreats, and statewide conferences. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.

  • Senior High I
  • Senior High II
  • Senior High III

Senior High I

  • Designed for rising Sophomores
  • Emphasis on building interpersonal skills, creativity, and problem solving.

Highlights:

  • Boundary Breaking: a student favorite activity for building interpersonal skills
  • Presentation Night: delegate led creative presentations of workshop lessons
  • Olympics: group dynamics & team-building via physical challenges

Please note: All students attend 100% free of charge. Attendance at Workshop 1 is required for participation in Workshops 2 & 3.

Senior High II

  • Designed for students who have attended Senior High I
  • Emphasis on group dynamics, communication, self-management

Highlights:

  • Beyond Leadership 101: digging deeper into facets of leading
  • Activities that promote group skills and group development

Please note: All students attend 100% free of charge. Attendance at Workshop 1 is required for participation in Workshops 2 & 3.

Senior High III

  • Designed for students who have attended SH I and II
  • Emphasis on servant leadership, accountability, persistence

Highlights:

  • Leadership in action: delegates create & deliver programming to Senior High I participants
  • Speed networking: feature event with iCONNECT donors where delegates make connections and learn to give back

Please note: All students attend 100% free of charge. Attendance at Workshop 1 is required for participation in Workshops 2 & 3.