After nearly three years, the non-profit Inspiring Minds is done with the first part of a big project in Warren.
Inspiring Minds helps students with their studies and success after high school.
In 2016, Inspiring Minds bought a building within walking distance from Warren G. Harding High School.
It cost them around $970,000 to get to this point.
The group’s founder and Warren G. Harding alumni Deryck Tols says that having a building really helps their cause.
“We started out at McDonald’s and then we were at Panera and then I remember meeting in people’s basements and outside. I mean we were everywhere. So I think just the stability within the organization helps everybody,” Tols said.
This is the first of three phases before they are fully up and running. The first phase included offices, study space, classrooms and lounges.
The second phase will have more learning spaces, a training kitchen, a cafeteria and an auditorium. The third and final phase will have a gym, weight room and basketball court.
Inspiring Minds needs around half a million dollars to finish. Their goal is to have everything done by the end of the year.