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Ohio Valley Bank Supports The iBELIEVE Foundation

$10,000 donation supports students in Gallipolis and surrounding areas

Columbus, OH - January 25, 2019

Earlier this week, Ohio Valley Bank pledged a $10,000 donation to The iBELIEVE Foundation. 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 from Ohio Valley Bank.  

Ohio Valley Bank has been a generous sponsor of The iBELIEVE Foundation in the past and this donation shows their continued support of the region and iBELIEVE. “Ohio Valley Bank is honored to support a program that gives local youth the tools they need to become our community’s next leaders,” said Ohio Valley Bank President and CEO Tom Wiseman. Ohio Valley Bank’s donation will help student leaders from Gallipolis and the surrounding areas attend iBELIEVE programs.

The iBELIEVE Foundation is honored to have Ohio Valley Bank as a supporter and sponsor, and looks forward to their continued support in the future. "I want to thank Ohio Valley Bank for their continuous support of The iBELIEVE Foundation.  We are impacting many students in the Southeast Region and giving them impactful leadership opportunities.  We focus on leadership, self-awareness, communication, team building, and networking skills.  We want the students to be servant leaders within their communities. Ohio Valley Bank's partnership only strengthens our mission and vision for this foundation,” said iBELIEVE’s Chief Development Officer Roger Mace.

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About The iBELIEVE Foundation

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.

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2018 Program Impact Report

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.

Statehouse Day

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

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.

Total Impact

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.

 

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About The iBELIEVE Foundation

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.

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The iBELIEVE Foundation Releases Planned Impact for 2018

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:

  • Marietta College with Ohio Valley ESC
  • June 10 – 14: East Tennessee State University
  • June 17 – 21: University of Rio Grande & University of Charleston
  • June 24 – 28: West Liberty University & Youngstown State University
  • July 8 – 12: West Liberty University & Muskingum University
  • July 15 – 19: Muskingum University & Marietta College
  • July 22 – 26: Eastern Kentucky University & Otterbein University
  • July 29 – August 2: Eastern Kentucky University

Details about the events can be found on the organization’s website:

www.theibelievefoundation.org

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.

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About The iBELIEVE Foundation

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.

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