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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 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.

The 2018 BELIEF Conference is Feb. 23-24, 2018

Apply to Attend the 2018 Conference

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2018 Conference Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23
9 a.m. Students load buses at schools  
9:30 a.m. Students arrive & meet mentors Graves Gym
10 a.m. Opening Ceremonies Graves Gym
11 a.m. Mock Lecture  Eric Johnston 233
Noon Group 1: Team Activities Robinson 210
  Group 2: Team Activities Robinson 141
  Group 3: Team Activities Robinson 310
12:30 p.m. Lunch Crow's Nest
1:30 p.m. Group 1: Scavenger Hunt Library 235
  Group 2: Scavenger Hunt Library 223
  Group 3: Scavenger Hunt Lib 209/Haw 106
2:45 p.m. Group 1: Spoken Word Video Robinson 210
  Group 2: Mentor/Coordinator Panel Discussion Robinson 141
  Group 3: Resume Workshop w/ Career Services Robinson 310
4 p.m. Group 1: Resume Workshop w/ Career Services Robinson 310
  Group 2: Spoken Word Robinson 210
  Group 3: Mentor/Coordinator Panel Discussion Robinson 141
5:15 p.m. Group 1: Mentor/Coordinator Panel Discussion Robinson 141
  Group 2: Resume Workshop w/ Career Services Robinson 310
  Group 3: Spoken Word Robison 210
6:15 p.m. Dinner Dining Hall 
7 p.m. Large Group Activities Weyer 107/RTT
8 p.m. Cool Whip Weyer 107/RTT
9 p.m. Released for Evening  
Saturday, Feb. 24
8 a.m. Breakfast Crow's Nest
9:30 a.m. Group 1: Act 6 Panel Robison 210
  Group 2: Mentor/Mentee Hangout Robinson 141
  Group 3: Blackout Poems Robinson 310 
10:35 a.m. Group 1: Blackout Poems Robinson 310 
  Group 2: Act 6 Panel Robinson 210
  Group 3: Mentor/Mentee Hangout Robinson 141
11:40 a.m. Group 1: Mentor/Mentee Hangout  Robinson 141
  Group 2: Blackout Poems Robinson 310 
  Group 3: Act 6 Panel Robinson 210
12:45 p.m. Lunch Crow's nest
1:30 p.m. Large Group Games Graves Gym
2:40 p.m. Pack Up  
3:30 p.m. Group Photo Library Steps or RTT
3:45 p.m. Welcome Parents & move to RTT Graves Gym
4 p.m. Financial Aid Workshop RTT
4:50 p.m. I Believe Statements  
5:30 p.m. Dinner & College Fair HUB MPR
6:15 p.m. Closing Ceremonies HUB MPR
7 p.m. Depart  

The BELIEF Conference has grown steadily over the years. What began in 2012 with just 14 students from one high school has turned into a conference for 70 students from North Central High School, The Community School and Rogers High School in 2016. The conference took a one-year hiatus in 2017, but the BELIEF Conference is back in 2018 and eager to host students from all three high schools again.


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.

Core Values

  • We commit to cultivating excitement and enthusiasm about higher education.
  • We commit to believing in students by encouraging and expecting them to succeed.
  • We commit to instilling in students the belief that they can attain more than they ever thought possible.


  • Students will develop a holistic view of what higher education entails and why it is important.
  • Students will develop an understanding of how to be successful in higher education.
  • Students will develop meaningful relationships with college students and staff.
  • Students and legal guardians will better understand the financial investment of education beyond high school.
  • Students and legal guardians will receive resources around accessing and applying for various forms of financial aid.
  • Students will develop a personal education plan, connecting interests with tangible higher-education options.
  • Students will develop a college-ready portfolio.
  • Students will develop leadership skills through individual activities and team exercises.
  • Students will learn how to build systems of support in reaching their educational goals.

To learn more about BELIEF and how you or your student can attend the conference, contact

Rachel Messer
BELIEF Conference Manager/North Central Coordinator