A cross-age program of lessons in leadership, character, and
work force development.
citizens hate to fail, because they are deeply committed to
the task before them. They refuse to accept anything but success.
This desire to succeed is driven by intense pride, which forms
the foundation for successful leadership and character-building.
Specifically, every good leader shares five qualities: preparation,
respect, integrity, discipline and enthusiasm (PRIDE).”
(Ret.) General Robert H. Foglesong
In regard to his early foundation, General Foglesong stated:“Integrity
first is the top core value in the organization I have
served for the past 33 years, a fundamental value my parents
taught me when I was a young boy in rural Appalachia and caring
teachers and mentors reinforced every day at school and in
my community.” General Foglesong’s Appalachian PRIDE
Program is his aggressive movement to develop Appalachia’s
young people toward first-class character preparation, to
go forward to become responsible and caring citizens of this
great nation in addition to valuable workers in the future
part of the vast services provided by ALEF and the mission
to expand leadership and character development to Appalachia’s
young people, the Appalachian PRIDE Program was established.
The program utilizes the Higher Education Fellowship of emerging
leaders at campuses in West Virginia’s rural areas. ALEF Fellows
will act as ambassadors and mentors of character-building
and leadership lessons for middle grades and youth organizations
in West Virginia’s most challenging areas. The program
will begin in 2007, impacting nearly 5,000 young West Virginians.
Pride Program will focus on rural Appalachian middle schools
to communicate a curriculum tailored around the acronym PRIDE,
ALEF fellows, under the guidance of General Foglesong, will
conduct lessons pertaining to their personal journey through
the PRIDE expansion. Each fellow will prepare a presentation
and activity in regard to the meaning of
Preparation, Respect, Integrity, Discipline,
and Enthusiasm in his or her personal path of
success. As ambassadors for the importance of the five
qualities, fellows will interact as mentors and guides during
the session. The PRIDE message delivered by a successful college
student is not only impactful but hopeful. Its significance
will be applicable and meaningful from a person who has attained
a level of success and is close in age and rural relationship.
Child Left Behind addresses the need to prepare the next generation
for the responsibilities and challenges that always accompany
freedom. In this world of complicated problems that
require complicated solutions, we must have some bedrock principles
to guide sound decisions.
part of the United States Department of Education’s mission
to "develop safe schools and strong character,"
the third of six major strategic goals, ALEF is dedicated
to supporting this endeavor. The future is already underway
in our schools. It will be written by the next generation
of students. How they write the future will depend on
their knowledge, opportunities, wisdom, compassion, tolerance,
vision and character.