NOW WE CAN – Building Campaign

Inspiring Minds has always envisioned creating a permanent space in which youth in our community can gain access to after-school and summer programming that will enrich their lives in countless ways… With your help, NOW WE CAN.

“This project is about so much more than a building. It’s about creating a safe, positive environment where every child feels accepted and loved. When they walk in the door, they will know that they matter.”

– Deryck Toles, IM Founder & CEO

The Challenge: Growth & Access

Since its inception in 2006, Inspiring Minds has been able to provide countless hours of life enriching after-school and summer programming for more than 2,500 at-risk youth in grades K-12. And what’s remarkable about this accomplishment is that IM has never owned or operated its very own space. IM has leased space at various locations for more than a decade.

When using borrowed or leased space, IM was at the mercy of powers outside of our control, such as scheduling conflicts, technology complications and access, use of shared spaces, parking lot and space conflicts, and concern for overall student safety.

IM has been without a building for programming and office space since July 31, 2016. Our relationship with the community and the school district helped bridge the gap in the interim.

The Solution: 837 Woodland Street

Option 1: Build a new structure. Option 2: Renovate an existing space.

After speaking with IM leadership and stakeholders, the consensus was that the magic to what we do is in the relationships we have with our students, not the brick and mortar. This is exactly why we decided to renovate an existing building in need of a little TLC, but otherwise structurally sound and spacious, that is located a stone’s throw from Warren G. Harding High School.

With the funds raised for this building campaign, IM will be able to achieve our vision by renovating this space.


Your support is critical today to help make this new space to serve at-risk youth a reality. Join us in believing that anything’s possible when it comes to what our youth can dream and achieve!

Want more information? Contact Bonnie at 330.469.6729 or

Campaign Steering Committee

John Lacy – Vice President, Mortgage Lending, Farmers National Bank

Alicia Miller – Regional Marketing Manager, Chemical Bank


Dean Noble – Director, Change Management, The Lubrizol Corporation

Sidney Lloyd Robinson – Financial Advisor, Horace Mann

Janice Schneider – Office Manager, Condo Inc.

Trinette Simon, CPA – Senior Manager, Cohen Company

Joe Steines – Architect, GPD Group

Joseph Walker – Pastor, Restoration Christian Fellowship