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Successful Futures

come from helping more young people achieve their potential, propelled by high expectations and real opportunities from a supportive community.

Leading Together

Established in 2010 as a multi-year, multi-million-dollar education initiative, Believe 2 Become taps the wisdom of community, the power of engagement, the alchemy of empowerment, and the rigor of data to unleash the unlimited potential of students, families, school, and community.

Community

Community

The wisdom of community: from parents, residents, educators, businesses, advocates, and youth, provides essential, ongoing direction to the initiative.

Engagement

Engagement

From neighborhood gatherings to parent meetings to action groups, engaging the community in conversation, learning, and leadership fuels meaningful action.

Empowerment

Empowerment

Empowering parents and students to share their voices and act on their own behalf is one of the most effective ways to help students achieve greater academic gains.

Data

Data

A relentless focus on meaningful data collection, aggregation, and analysis has yielded important insights about the value of Believe 2 Become investments.

Measurable Results

Since 2010, Believe 2 Become partners have offered innovative early childhood, summer learning, and parent engagement opportunities in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Community Partners

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Institute for Learning beings working with GRPS educators to influence classroom teaching and learning with research-based practices. 2007-08
The “I Believe I Become rallying cry is born, along with the Believe 2 Become identity. 2009
Believe 2 Become launches Summer Learning Academy 2010
Baby Scholars recruits its first families 2011
Community engagement deepens the strategy to include school-based parent meetings in the Hope Zones 2012
B2B and GRPS team up to launch the first Parent University in Michigan 2013
GRPS increases efforts to reduce chronic absenteeism with Challenge 5, a district-wide attendance challenge 2014
Project LIFT teams with Summer Learning Academy to share student success data with GRPS parents 2015