WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Studying at Tennessee State University
Creating at The Art Institutes
Interning at NASA as an Electrical Engineer
Leading their university as Student Body President
Working as a Video Producer in Atlanta
Earning Master’s Degrees in Criminal Justice, Public Administration & Molecular Biology
Serving as Officers in the U.S. Army
Volunteering their time at Inspiring Minds
Working as an Engineer for the U.S. Government
Starting their own companies around the country
Giving back to their communities
Becoming strong, successful members of society
“The feeling of walking across the stage, knowing you’re going on to do bigger and better things in life is the best.”
Leo joined Inspiring Minds as an 8th grader, struggling with his grades and always wanting to be the class clown. Towards the end of his junior year, he realized that if he didn't change his mindset, he would have no hope of graduating on time with his class. Leo overcame many challenges to graduate, and Inspiring Minds was with him all the way. He had to retake two additional math courses and one additional English course during his senior year, as well as pass his Ohio Graduation Test. He was also required to take a full physical science class online and pass it with an A, in just two weeks, to walk across the stage with his class. HE DID!
Inspiring Minds alumni Sergio Smith has kept himself busy since graduating from Howland High School in 2008.
Born and raised in Warren, Ohio, Sergio earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Cincinnati and works as a Behavior Specialist for Norwood City Schools. In his position, Sergio works with emotionally disturbed and challenged students, grades K-12.
“I build a rapport with my students, where they can trust me and feel comfortable talking to me,” Sergio said. “There's nothing better than seeing them have a positive breakthrough and start heading in the right direction.”
A student of the first Inspiring Minds Class in 2006, Shawná King started the program as a quiet, reserved homebody. Through eye-opening experiences and opportunities with Inspiring Minds, she grew into a dreamer, a traveler, a leader and an impressive success story.
As a true veteran of Inspiring Minds, Shawná remembers the days of meeting at McDonald’s and selling candy bars to raise money for the group’s first exposure trip 10 years ago. She says one of the most important things she learned through Inspiring Minds was to be open-minded and try new things, even if they’re outside of your comfort zone.