About Promise Council
The Promise Council was established in 2009 to address the declining high school graduation rates in Bloomington-Normal, IL. The idea to form a Promise Council originated from State Farm’s relationship with America’s Promise Alliance – a foundation established by General Colin Powell that developed out of the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future in 1997. Promise Council is built on the basis of the America’s Promise Alliance’s Five Promises: Caring adult relationships, healthy childhoods, safe surroundings, effective education and opportunities to serve others. When at least four of the five promises are met, young people are more likely to succeed academically, socially and civically.
The Promise Council is a collection of caring adults who work to connect community resources to the specific needs of children as identified by teachers and staff at a local school. The goal of a Promise Council is to remove barriers to learning because we believe all children deserve the opportunity to achieve success through education. Teachers and staff have identified three areas of focus which Promise Councils are committed to “helping schools help kids” through: providing more adult mentors for students; increasing opportunities for parental engagement; meeting physical needs of students which stand in the way of academic achievement.
Promise Council became a 501(c)(3) in 2018 and established the first Board of Directors in June of 2018. Meet the Board! PC Board Biographies 2018.
Teachers and staff in Unit 5 and District 87 have identified three areas of focus and Promise Councils are committed to “helping schools help kids” through:
- providing more adult mentors for students
- increasing opportunities for parental engagement
- meeting physical needs of students which stand in the way of academic achievement
Contact us if you are interested in helping the schools which have a Promise Council:
- Bloomington High School
- Bloomington Junior High School
- Cedar Ridge Elementary
- Evans Junior High
- Fox Creek Elementary
- Glenn Elementary
- Kingsley Junior High
- Normal Community High School
- Normal West Community High School
- Oakdale Elementary
- Oakland Elementary
- Parkside Elementary
- Pepper Ridge Elementary