Our Story

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world. ~ Harriet Tubman

About Us

Inspire Hope began after a group of Warrensville Heights residents came together to form an initiative in response to issues and concerns within their community.  Lack of activities for youth in the neighborhood, rising crime and a lack of resources for young parents were among the concerns. 

After three years of serving the community, the group of volunteers obtained their 501(c)3 and became Inspire Hope. Currently, Inspire Hope provides social emotional learning programs in Cuyahoga County.

Mission Statement

To inspire hope by empowering children, young adults, and families using academic, social, and emotional learning opportunities.

Vision Statement 

Youth and families are successful and healthy members of the community physically, emotionally, spiritually and academically.

Francesca Demming,
Founder & Executive Director 

Francesca Demming, a graduate from Kent State University, serves as the founder and executive director of Inspire Hope. Ms. Demming has several years of experience working with youth and families. She has worked with youth in the Cleveland Juvenile Justice Center, youth in foster care and with women and youth who have experienced domestic violence and human trafficking. Ms. Demming leads and facilitates social emotional programming and works within the education field as well. 

Board of Directors

Tanisha Taylor, Chair
Founder, Tanisha Taylor Coaching

Amy Rosenbluth, Co-Chair
Executive Director, Lake Erie Ink 

Lauren Grodin, Treasurer
Mortgage Loan Officer, KeyBank  

Tish Granville, Co-Secretary
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor,
Thresholds Counseling and Consulting LLC 

Ann Biery, Co-Secretary
Retired Registered Nurse 

Jan Hairston, Board Member
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor - Supervisor.

Connie Meyer, Board Member  

Our History


Warrensville Hts. Youth Initiative Formed

Monthly events began as a collaborative effort of community members called the Ward 4 Youth Program. Events included a Back to School Drive, African American History Program, Arts and Crafts, Harvest Festival and more. 


Weekly After-School Programs & Field Trips Began 

In 2018, the weekly youth program began which offered after school programming, a community garden and monthly field trips. 


501(c)3 Formed

In January 2020, the Warrensville Hts. Youth Program became Inspire Hope, an Ohio nonprofit corporation, tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).


Current Programming

Inspire Hope provides programming within Warrensville, Maple Heights and East Cleveland. 

Statistics - Youth Served 




classified as
economically disadvantaged 


living below the
poverty level


Of our youth are raised in single parent homes 

4 in 10 children 

have experienced 2 or more Adverse Childhood Experiences


Future Leaders