Believe 2 Become Initiative

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.

Helping Children and Families Succeed

Born in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Believe 2 Become is based on three guiding principles. First is the heartfelt belief that all people are born with God-given, unlimited potential to achieve and grow. Second is the understanding all children need to grow up with high expectations from a supportive community. Third is the knowledge that all children and youth deserve real opportunities to learn in a rigorous environment, explore the natural world, connect with role models, gain work experiences, and aspire to college or career success. Guided by rigorous research and a community-centered design process, Believe 2 Become is an asset shared and valued by dozens of community partners, stakeholders, and families in Greater Grand Rapids. For more information visit

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Your Urban League of West Michigan? is here to serve the educational needs of Grand Rapids’ most precious resource—our children. For more information about our programming or resources, please contact us at 616-252-2201 or at 



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