ABOUT THE NICK BELL FOUNDATION
Nick Bell Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to mentoring and developing young people in our community. We provide a safe and nurturing environment where young people can receive the guidance, support and resources they need to achieve their full potential. Our programs focus on developing essential life skills, promoting positive relationships, and fostering a sense of community among our youth.
Nick Bell was born June 25, 1990. On November 2, 2010, at the age of 20, he passed unexpectedly from a rare form of cancer.
Nick graduated from Jess Lanier High School, in Bessemer, Alabama where his outstanding academic and football career resulted in Nick being highly recruited by many colleges and universities. Nick signed with Mississippi State University and focused his studies towards a degree in Kinesiology. During his time at Mississippi State, Nick became a starting defensive lineman and joined the brotherhood of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Nick made a positive and memorable impact on everyone he met, regardless of their ages. Support our mission and ensure that other young people have an
opportunity to excel, like Nick, and make a positive and lasting impact on others.
The Character Education Bill initiative
Character education is a school-based approach that involves an intentional focus on promoting and teaching values such as respect, honesty and generosity. It is the personal development of students beyond their academic education. Numerous research studies show that character education develops confident and compassionate students who grow up to be responsible citizens who contribute to society.
In 1995, Alabama became the second state to adopt a modern Character Education mandate (Act 95-313) which required the the teaching and promoting of character principles 10 minutes per day. Currently, schools in Alabama spend about 15 minutes per day on character education. “Fifteen minutes a day is not how character is developed, in fact, 15 minutes a day doesn’t get any job done, with respect to the trait of strong character,” said Drayton Nabers Jr., former Chief Justice of Alabama Supreme Court and one of the founders of The Hope Institute - a movement in Alabama to help schools develop cultures of character for students.
The Nick Bell Mentoring Memorial Foundation advocates for an expanded more comprehensive character education program which mandates, at a minimum, a full class period be dedicated daily to the teaching of character principles. In 2024, we will once again ask our state legislators to introduce and pass legislation that will expand character education in our schools. To be successful, we will need your support. When the time comes, please consider contacting your state representatives, starting a petition, and/or serving as a volunteer.
As updates become available, they will be posted here.
“Intelligence plus character-that is the true goal of education.”
Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.
To empower children, teens, and young adults to reach their potential, so they will live their dreams, reach their destinies, and become resonsible citizens.
To prepare students for successful futures through mentoring, financial support, and an expanded
comprehensive character education curriculum in the Alabama School system.
Help us to Support our mission and Sustain our services by donating to The Nick Bell Foundation. Thanks!