T.H.I.N.K.-There’s Hope In New Knowledge started in 2013.  T.H.I.N.K. is an organization that focuses on building self-development skills for individuals, families, and seniors in Peoria County.

The self-developmental program includes:

  • life skills,
  • parenting,
  • anger management,
  • identifying and preventing domestic violence,
  • job readiness,
  • integrity,
  • flexibility/adaptability,
  • responsibility,
  • social-emotional learning,
  • financial literacy, and
  • healthy eating and living

The first three components are the foundation of the program and are discussed in the book titled, “T.H.I.N.K.-There’s Hope In New Knowledge”.  The book was written by the program’s founder and executive director, Charles Miner.  The book concept is that a parent cannot be an effective parent until he/she has learned to successfully implement the first two components-anger management and life skills.

T.H.I.N.K. has partnered with the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots, South Side Mission, Peoria, IL and previously worked with Peoria District 150 with the Parent University.  During the years, the organization has had several sponsors that include Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino, Peoria Rivermen Hockey, Uftring Auto Group, Community Foundation of Central IL, South-West Kiwanis Club, and others in the community.

T.H.I.N.K. (There’s Hope In New Knowledge) is a dynamic program to empower all and assist with reaching their goals.


Board Members

Charles Miner, President

Andrea Miner, Vice President

Lawson Giles, Treasurer

Ramona Holmes, Secretary

Alfreida DeGroot, Publishing Specialist

Danielle Kelley, Parent Advocate

Brittany Shaw, Legal Counsel

Dr. Rob Bell, Board Member

Dr. Marwin Spiller, Board Member

Abdul Elijah, Board Member

Terri Brooks, Board Member

Emilene Caracheo, Board Member