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A Letter from Our Director

Now more than ever, we are aware of the challenges of access, equity, quality, and inclusion in our public education system. COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement, and increasing violence in our community shine a light on the oppression our students and our families face.

Inspiring Minds has excelled in building strong strategic partnerships, and developing and implementing a culturally-competent approach to programs. We are utilizing qualitative and quantitative empirical data to inform our organizational decisions. Most importantly, we ensure that the voices of students and their families are elevated and are always the primary beneficiaries and central focus of our work.

We are well-positioned to make a tremendous difference in the lives of our youngest learners. I am so proud of our staff, our volunteers, and our work. It’s an honor and a privilege to serve this community. Our kids do better when the community is behind them; every relationship, every interaction matters.

You can help support our mission work. Tell a friend about us, follow and share our posts on our social media sites, sign up for our newsletter, donate, or sign up to join our volunteer corps.

Sincerely,
Melissa Emidy
Executive Director

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Melissa Emidy

Our Team

PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Audrey Bright

BUSINESS MANAGER
Betty Clinton

PROGRAM DIRECTOR, RESILIENTKIDS
Shannon Smith

PROGRAM COORDINATOR, EXPLORERS
Wila Matos

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Matthew Buckley

ResilientKids Instructors

RESILIENTKIDS INSTRUCTOR
Sarah Hopp

RESILIENTKIDS SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING INSTRUCTOR
Katie DaRosa

RESILIENTKIDS INSTRUCTOR
Samantha Venuti

Fellows, Interns, and Key Volunteers

VOLUNTEER EXTRAORDINAIRE
Jane Lavoie

CAPACITY BUILDER + BONNER FELLOW,
Theresa Wagner

BONNER FELLOW,
BROWN UNIVERSITY
Serena Ruiz

BONNER FELLOW,
BROWN UNIVERSITY
Ashlyn Lovato

Join Our Team

Inspiring Minds empowers students for success in school and life by supporting them with trusted relationships, tutoring, and mentoring from inspired community members.

We are committed to creating an efficient and diverse atmosphere that will maximize our staff members’ development. Our practice is to treat each staff member as an individual. We seek to develop a spirit of teamwork with individuals working together to reach a common goal. Together we can create a work environment consisting of culturally diverse opinions and ideas that will lead us to success.

 

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

ResilientKids Instructor

The primary function of the ResilientKidsTM instructor is dedicated to classroom facilitation of social and emotional learning through mindfulness-based techniques, as outlined in the ResilientKidsTM curriculum, while also drawing upon their own meditation practice.

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AmeriCorps VISTAs – ACCEPTING NEW APPLICANTS for August 2021 – August 2022, APPLY TODAY

Through a thoughtful partnership with the Swearer Center at Brown University, Inspiring Minds hosts two AmeriCorps VISTAs. AmeriCorps VISTAs build capacity in organizations fighting poverty.

Eligible candidates for the Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA Fellowship will be:

  • A U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.
  • At least 18 years old.
  • A high school school graduate (diploma or GED).

Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Responsible and reliable.
  • Able to work in a dynamic environment.
  • Experience with volunteer work preferred.

Salary and Benefits: 

AmeriCorps Members are offered a living allowance and benefits package. For details, please visit the benefits of service web page.

To Apply: 

Applications for the Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA Fellowship are currently open and will close at 11:59pm on April 30, 2021 or when all the positions are filled.  To apply, please visit the AmeriCorps applicant portal