Inspiring Minds supports youth

Black-tie affair raises cash for programs

YOUNGSTOWN — Guests bid on various items at the Inspiring Minds black-tie affair held recently at Stambaugh Auditorium to raise money for programs for local youths.

With the theme “We Engage, We Inspire, We Energize,” gala organizers said they focused on getting support for Inspiring Minds services in Warren and Youngstown.

Inspiring Minds aims to help under-represented students get better grades, learn to swim, take their first steps on a college campus, learn to cook, increase their self-confidence and develop soft skills such as saying “please” and “thank you,” organizers said.

Simon Arias, board president for Inspiring Minds Youngstown, said the program prepares students for school and college life and to be productive in their lives.

Since its inception, Inspiring Minds has worked with more than 300 children with education and personal development and social development. Inspiring Minds started in Warren and then expanded to Youngstown in 2015.

Justin Adams, treasurer of the Inspiring Minds Youngstown board, said sponsorships are available including $2,500 to sponsor a student for one year, $1,500 to provide tutoring for one year, $520 for a field trip and $250 for enrichment activities.

”Every little donation helps. Inspiring Minds brings an outlet where children can go and get tutored, get fed and be with other children. This helps make sure they are not at home alone,” he said.

The children go on field trips and college visits they may not otherwise be able to do.

Adams said the Inspiring Minds program provides a place for students to be since 40 percent of children are home alone between 3 to 6 p.m.