For nearly 60 years, Inspiring Minds has been serving students by providing the academic support they need to succeed. Names, faces, ethnicities, and languages of our students have changed during those years; the marginalization of our students has not.
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.
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.