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Feb 18, 2015
As the First Lady recently wrote, there are some schools where the questions is not whether you go to college, but  where. Students in these schools receive guidance from their freshmen year about their courses, college applications, standardized tests, time management and scholarships. But these students are in the minority.  Across the country, many more high schoolers get their support from counselors who are overwhelmed by too many students, substitute teaching and unrelated duties that take their time from helping high schoolers plan for their future.  The American School Counselor Association recommends that counselors have responsibility for no more than 250 students.  The national average is 471.  What happens to those students who are overlooked?

The prospects aren't bright. High school graduates earn on average $16,000 less than their peers with bachelor's degrees. And three quarters of the jobs in the fastest growing fields require a college degree.  But here is where you come in.  You can make a difference in the life of a high-school student who may not be considering college.  

Support the BELIEF Conference now. BELIEF brings high-school students from the poorest zip codes in Spokane to Whitworth for a three-day conference to learn about applying to college, choosing a major, completing a FASFA and adjusting socially to college life. You can make a difference in the life of a student by donating your Flex Dollars and swipes from your meal plan. Share your education with someone who needs it, and help to change a mind today.