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 – we call them our 5 Promises:
Promise Councils are committed to supporting students based on three key areas identified by local teachers and staff:
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 13 Promise Councils in Bloomington-Normal supporting District 87 and Unit 5 schools.
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 educationand 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