We bring hope and opportunity to youth aging out of foster care in Boise, Idaho and the Treasure Valley.

The Inspire Idaho Story

John Mitchell, Inspire Idaho founder and Executive Director

After pastoring for 25 years, God opened my eyes to the plight of foster kids through my daughter, Melissa. Her devotion to this under-served population helped me see how vulnerable they can be. Over time, it became clear to me and my wife, Debbie, that modern-day foster kids are the orphans God calls us to care for (James 1:27).

Our daughter, Jenna, and her husband, David were doing just that by fostering kids in their home. As we entered the foster care world with them, we began to grasp what life can be like for foster kids. Specifically, we saw how trauma and broken promises make many of these kids wonder if they are worthy of love or anything at all. Is it any wonder that so many of these beautiful, image-bearers of God struggle mightily as adults?

This fact broke our hearts and compelled us to act. Inspire Idaho allows us to engage these teens to affirm their value, offer them hope, and equip them to flourish. It provides a way for us to meet young people where they are, discover who they want to be, and help them create a roadmap to get there. We are honored to serve alongside our adult children and all who share our vision to transform generations one young person at a time.

Inspire Idaho Values


Trust-filled relationships are the flowerbed of life transformation. So we help young people learn to receive and extend love by reflecting the One who made us for relationship with Him and one another.


We believe every person is God’s one-of-a-kind creation. So we treat young people with dignity, celebrate their value, and invite them to do the same. 


We don’t believe a person’s history must define them. So we celebrate each one’s gifts and passions, encourage them to pursue their dreams, and point them to genuine hope.


We believe God made us to thrive. So we help young people explore opportunities, develop skills, build relationships, and cultivate depth that will help them flourish.

Meet the team

John Mitchell, Executive Director, Board Member

I am a follower of Jesus who has been happily married to my wife, Debbie, for 39 years. I love hanging out with her, our five daughters, one son, and seven grandkids. I enjoy skiing, golf, Audible books, and Grimaldi’s pepperoni pizza. I am an extrovert, people lover, and rabid Boise State football fan. I find great joy in pointing people to the One in whom we live, move, and have our being.

Annie Higgins, Board Member

I believe that God created all of mankind in His image so we might fill the earth with His glory by flourishing under His lordship. However, because we live in a broken world, many of us do not experience this flourishing as a reality. As a licensed professional counselor, I am passionate about pointing people to the source of all hope and healing in Christ. I’ve been married to my sweet husband, Anthony, for 20 years and in our free time we enjoy leading marriage enrichment retreats, camping, hiking, skiing, and enjoying all of the outdoor adventures Idaho has to offer! 

Bill Atkinson, Board Member

I came to Idaho in 1983 with the United States Air Force. After serving 4 years at Mountain Home AFB, I attended Boise State University and graduated in 1991. Presently, I am the owner and CEO of Apex Integrated Security Solutions in Boise. I have a passion to see lives transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. I consider myself an apprentice of Jesus. Although I am an empty nester, I have two boys who I dearly love. I enjoy snow skiing, fly fishing, golfing, and mountain biking making Idaho a perfect home

Jenna Asche, Social Media Representative

My husband and I were foster parents for six years. We adopted one of our children from foster care. I now work alongside the department of health and welfare to recruit foster parents. I am passionate about ensuring every child knows their value and has the opportunity to experience the unconditional love of their Maker. 

Andrew Seidlitz, Director of Operations

I grew up in Boise and after college in New Mexico, working in hotel management in Texas for two years, and spending two years doing missions, I was able to return to Idaho in 2021. I enjoy working on administrative tasks, creating systems to enable organizations work more efficiently and to help more people encounter the love of Jesus. I have been married to Anna for six years and we have a one-year-old daughter, Abigail. I am very adventurous and love to travel–I have visited 43 states and eight countries so far! I also enjoy spending time in the great outdoors camping, hiking, and backpacking.

James Robledo, Board Member

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ and trust that He is the Way, The Truth, and The Life. For in Him I live and move and have my being. I am happily married to Stephanie, my wife of 19 years. I love experiencing the graces of God through her, our two sons Seth and Aiden, and daughter Autumn. I play a mean guitar and enjoy reading, songwriting, camping, and Mtn Biking. If who I am can be captured with words, Howard Thurman came close when he said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Witnessing God’s Love transform people is what makes me come alive.

Robert Byars, Board Member

I have lived in Idaho my entire life and am always looking for opportunities to help the community thrive. Although I went to Boise State University for mechanical engineering, I’ve found my passion in entrepreneurship and innovation. I enjoy time with family and friends, reading graphic novels/comics, listening to audiobooks, hiking, eating cookies, and looking wistfully into the distance while hoping I’ll get back into soccer, tennis, and skiing, and maybe pick up some gardening. I claim Jesus Christ as my Savior and trust that God can work through me despite my brokenness.

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