Believe 2 Become

Believe 2 Become (B2B) is a collaborative partnership of hundreds of organizations and individuals who believe in the unlimited potential of Grand Rapids children, and expect them to succeed now and into their future.

Our community’s children are tomorrow’s leaders.  The Y believes that all children have innate potential, and is committed to closing the achievement gaps that jeopardizes the success of our community’s most vulnerable children. Believe 2 Become offers real-world opportunities to learn, achieve success and prepare for the future.  Through summer learning opportunities and parent engagement, B2B aims to eliminate the educational achievement gap by 2025.

The B2B partnership with the Y will offer FREE summer programs for both middle school and high school students at Mary Free Bed YMCA. Priority enrollment is given to students residing in the Hope Zones areas of Grand Rapids. Please check to see if the student’s address falls in the current Hope Zone areas

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The Y partners with B2B to provide a summer program allowing both math and science enrichment to reduce the learning loss that often occurs over the long summer break for middle school students  (6th-8th grade).

Each week students will participate in 8 hours of math through an engaging experience that includes robotic, drone, and coding curriculum. Students will create their own robots and discover drones using problem-solving, creativity, competition, team-work and tons of fun! Students in this program participate in 20 hours of flight simulation time and an interactive way to code robots using an initiative that teaches students in an out-of-school setting. Students build a robot from a curriculum that teaches science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

This hands-on experience reinforces academic skills and prepares students for success in school and beyond. Transportation and lunch will be provided daily over the 6 week program. Students will go on weekly field trips and earn prizes through weekly incentives.

The Believe 2 Become program partnership with the Y for high school students is an 8 week FREE program. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about themselves as they discover their own skills and talents by preparing for college and career through visits and field trips. Students will gain valuable career skills though paid work experience

If you are interested in learning more, please send an email to or call us at 616.885.9678. 

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