Within Appalachian America lie beautiful rolling mountains, diverse ecosystems, and some of the most kind-hearted people in the country.
However, it is also a well known fact that the college attendance rates for Appalachian students are much lower than those for students in other areas of the US. The goal of the iBELIEVE Foundation is to provide students with the leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills that they need to be successful, and to also give them a better understanding of their personal strengths and weaknesses to enable them to become better students, leaders, and citizens.
Since its inception, over 3,000 students have participated in The iBELIEVE Foundation programming. After achieving their postsecondary goals, our alumni embark on futures that are both personally meaningful and economically beneficial to the Appalachian community. Among many other institutions, iBELIEVE alumni have gone on to attend The Ohio State University, Yale University, Capital University, Ohio University, Marshall University, University of Findlay, and West Virginia University.
To keep those supportive alumni engaged, as well as retain a strong support base of young professionals who will stay involved with the organization, iBELIEVE recently developed the iBELIEVE Alumni Association, a group of young professionals who are passionate about our work and are looking to champion that work in the coming years and across the region.
The Alumni Association support students who have previously participated and/or staffed in iBELIEVE programming by helping them to build social capital and continue to develop professional skills integral to successful careers.
If you are an iBELIEVE Foundation alum, please join our private group here.