About Us

Mission, Vision, Purpose

Our mission is to create a sustainable network of caring adults to connect and engage community resources to meet the specific needs of students as identified by teachers and staff at a designated Promise Council school.  


Our purpose is to remove barriers to learning because we believe all children deserve the opportunity to achieve success through education.  We are committed to seeing children experience the fundamental resources they need to succeed – The 5 Promises:

  • Caring Adults who are actively involved as parents, teachers, mentors, coaches, and neighbors
  • Safe Places that offer constructive use of time
  • A Healthy Start and healthy development
  • An Effective Education that builds marketable skills
  • Opportunities to Help Others by making a difference through service


Promise Councils are committed to supporting students based on three key areas identified by local teachers and staff:

  1. Providing more adult mentors for students
  2. Meeting physical needs of students when they stand in the way of academic achievement
  3. Increasing opportunities for parental engagement


Our vision of the future is for every child in our community to receive a quality education that prepares them to live an independent, secure, and happy life that contributes to their personal success and America’s economic and global competitiveness.



Presently, we have 19 Promise Council Schools in three school districts: 

Bloomington Public Schools District 87

  • Bloomington High School (Student-led)
  • Bloomington Junior High School 
  • Oakland Elementary School

McLean County Unit District No. 5

  • Cedar Ridge Elementary School 
  • Evans Junior High School 
  • Fox Creek Elementary School 
  • Glenn Elementary School 
  • Kingsley Junior High School
  • Normal Community High School 
  • Normal Community West High School 
  • Oakdale Elementary School
  • Parkside Elementary School
  • Pepper Ridge Elementary School 

Olympia CU School District 16

  • Olympia High School
  • Olympia Middle School
  • Olympia North Elementary School
  • Olympia South Elementary School
  • Olympia West Elementary School


Why We Exist

The Promise Council was established in 2009 to address the declining high school graduation rates in Bloomington-Normal. 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. Source: America’s Promise Alliance

Corporate Nondiscrimination Policy

Promise Council Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, familial status, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.