NEW CONCORD, OHIO– Nearly 200 high school students are participating in iBELIEVE camps throughout Ohio and West Virginia.
Muskingum University is hosting one of this year’s iBELIEVE camps. This is a free camp sponsored by the iBELIEVEÂ in Student Leadership Fund, which supports Appalachian youth in developing critical leadership, communication, and problem solving skills.
“Our main mission is truly to provide additional resources to Appalachian students,” iBELIEVE Associate Director Chris Dutton said. “We do that through this 5 day summer camp. We also have 4 or 5 touch bases throughout the year that these kids get to attend. The underlying goal is to increase the college retention rate.”
Dutton said in the span of 5 years, the camp has grown from 36 kids to 850 kids. All of the iBELIEVE camps are held on college campuses. Camp begins bright and early at 8 a.m. Dutton said some sessions even lasts until 10 at night.
“I really hope that the community gets behind us a little bit more. We have the kids. We have the excitement throughout the schools. But, if we can get more high schools involved to send us kids. All they have to do is send us 5 kids. We raise the money. The kids are coming here for free. All they have to do is find a ride,” Â Dutton said.
To learn more, visit www.theibelievefoundation.com