Since 2006, Inspiring Minds (IM) has provided thousands of under-represented youth with the opportunities and motivation to overcome the obstacles that stand between them and personal success. Our mission is to engage, inspire and empower youth through education and exposure to new experiences within a safe, positive environment; one that strengthens confidence and character. Our vision is to see every student graduate high school, complete college or a vocational school and become strong, successful members of our society. And our goal is to inspire youth to discover their passions and equip them with the tools needed to pursue them.

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While the match program for Giving Week is over, the need doesn't end! Please feel to make a gift at any time.

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  Programs Supported by Your Donations  

IM provides free year-round programming based in Warren, Ohio, through two distinct components: After-School and Summer Enrichment. The After-School Component helps to improve classroom performance and increase student readiness for college and vocations by taking advantage of what might otherwise be unsupervised time, weekdays between 3 to 6 p.m. Our 6-week Summer Enrichment Component offers a combination of academics, athletics, nutrition, cultural, and other fun activities focused on decreasing summer learning loss, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Every year 300+ 3rd-12th graders participate in this programming that focuses on: Education, College & Career Readiness, Exposure to New Experiences, Health & Wellness, and Personal Development.

IM Enrichment Program objectives include: exposing youth to a variety of college campuses and multiple career paths; increasing knowledge of non-traditional careers and college acceptance requirements; helping facilitate on-time graduation and grade promotion; promoting verbal and written communication skills; developing character and leadership skills; and building confidence, discipline, and work ethic.

  Needs that Cannot beMet without Your Help  

Unfortunately, even though we collectively experienced the need to social distance and be under stay-at-home orders during COVID-19, our students' needs did not disappear. In fact, they increased with added fears of lack of structure or resources to complete studies remotely. IM staff worked hard to make sure that students were supported despite not having in-person programming by offering tutoring, fun activities, and even delivered food and essential supplies to those in need.

While the needs have not receded, some funding sources were suspended/shifted while our two major fundraising events for the year were unable to happen as planned.