About Us

Mission, Vision, Purpose


Our mission is to create a sustainable network of caring adults to connect and engage community resources that remove barriers to learning so all children can achieve success through education.


Our vision is for every child in our community to receive a quality education that prepares them to achieve personal success and contribute to the success of their communities.


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 23 Promise Council Schools in three school districts: 

Bloomington Public Schools District 87

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

McLean County Unit District No. 5

  • Brigham Early Learning Center
  • Cedar Ridge Elementary School 
  • Evans Junior High School 
  • Fairview Elementary 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
  • Parkside Junior High School
  • Pepper Ridge Elementary School 
  • Sugar Creek 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

Promise Council was established in 2009 to address the declining high school graduation rates in Bloomington-Normal by removing barriers to eduction. 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 with the support and under the direction of America's (then) five living Presidents.  Promise Council is our local response to  America’s Promise Alliance’s call to help give all children Five Promises: Caring adult relationships, healthy childhoods, safe surroundings, effective education and opportunities to serve others.  APA's research shows that 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.