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BELIEF (Because Every Life is Empowering the Future)
BELIEF was proposed in the fall of 2010 by four Whitworth University students with the purpose of providing high school students in the Spokane community with college resources and the practical tools for making higher education an obtainable goal. These students recognized a need within the education system: more readily available information and sustainable support around the transition from the K-12 system into higher education. The BELIEF Team holds the conviction that an education is not complete unless you are willing to share it, and college students are in a unique position to advocate for future generations and their education.
BELIEF brings high school students from local neighborhoods once a year to a college campus for a college-preparation program. Throughout the event, students experience a holistic view of what higher education entails. They are paired up with a current college student mentor who accompanies them to all activities, answers questions, and acts as a support and friend. During the conference, students take part in a series of workshops focused on leadership, goal-setting and financial aid. They participate in focus groups to better understand what they are learning, take part in recreational and team-building activities, and spend time experiencing campus life from the student perspective. Lastly, legal guardians are invited to campus for a workshop on the process of finding and applying for financial aid.
History: BELIEF has expanded exponentially in its first two years. The program grew from 14 students from one school site in 2012 to 43 students from three different high schools in 2013.
Mission: Because Every Life Is Empowering the Future, BELIEF will guide students to develop themselves the motivation, skills, and connections to attain an education beyond high school.
Application Dates and Guidelines:
To learn more about BELIEF and how you or your student can attend the conference, contact email@example.com.