Believe serves non-profit organizations by teaching their clients to obtain an education and develop skills to find entry level employment.
Why Work with Believe?
Sheila approaches her students from a unique perspective. She has worked in the education system for the last 20 years, including a one year counseling internship with American River College.That, combined with her experience as a domestic violence volunteer and her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, give Sheila a skill set that enables her to view her students from not only a practical standpoint, but also as a mentor and counselor.
For Believe, Sheila acts primarily as instructor and encourager.
How Believe Works
Believe takes a personal approach. Here is a sample of how the process might work for your organization.
- Overview of the program with organization’s staff to garner internal support.
- With staff participation, recommend 6-8 students for the program.
- Conduct orientation with potential students to confirm commitment to the program.
- Personally interview each student and discuss their educational experience and skill level.
- Provide instruction over 12 weekly 90-minute classes.
- Completion interview with organization director to confirm desired outcomes achieved.
Students learn to succeed in the Believe program
Believe’s process helps the student identify a goal and become confident in the possibility of fulfilling their dream. As they attend the weekly classes they will gain a working knowledge of the community college system, learn to navigate within that system, and pursue their goal by registering for classes. This new-found knowledge will increase their self confidence and help them gain independence. Believe’s ultimate goal is that students will achieve success in a career path of their own choosing.
“The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce projects that 14 million job openings will go to people with an associate’s degree or occupational certificate.”
–Pathways to Prosperity, Harvard Graduate School of Education, February 2011
If you are concerned about your client’s future, Believe can make a difference.