For over 50 years, Inspiring Minds has been serving students by providing the academic support they need to succeed. Names, faces, ethnicities, and languages have changed during those years; the disadvantages of poverty have not. Just as the founders knew in their hearts, there are always children waiting to benefit from individual attention. The sustained support from a caring community makes it possible
VIPS began to research a new name and branding that better reflected its professionalism, expanded work, and organization accomplishments. The name chosen was Inspiring Minds.
Global pandemic COVID-19. When schools closed on March 13th, volunteers swiftly implemented new programming to meet the changing needs of students and their families. We secured and delivered books and school supplies to 1,075 students to support their distance learning. We created a pen pal program to ensure students and volunteers could stay connected and transformed the KidsBridge Summer Learning Program into an at-home learning experience.
Inspiring Minds continued to provide meaningful programs and services in consultation with our families. Virtual tutoring and mentoring, a parent helpline, and continued delivery of materials and supplies to support in-person and distance learning.