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T.H.I.N.K. and Toys for Tots

T.H.I.N.K. Mentor Academy is collaborating with Toys for Tots this year to collect toys, books, and other gifts for children ages  1-12 yrs. old in the Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties area during the Christmas season.  The mission is to provide happiness and hope and to help children become responsible citizens and caring members of the community.

T.H.I.N.K. and Toys for Tots will place collection boxes throughout the community.  The collection period is October 1-December 9, 2018.

The toy sign-up will be Monday, November 12th -Friday, November 16th from 11 am -5 pm and Saturday, November 17th from 9 am-1 pm at the G. W. Carver Community Center, 710 W. Percy Baker Jr. Ave.

The following documentation is needed: valid identification of parent/guardian with current mail or letter matching photo id and birth certificate or medical card containing child’s name and birthdate.

Information will be shared with all Toys for Tots Distribution Centers including but not limited to The Salvation Army.

The distribution will be held at G. W. Carver Community Center on December 22-23, 2018 from 12 noon-4 pm .  Several organizations from the community will be there with information for services for kids, adults, and seniors.

T.H.I.N.K. and Toys for Tots will host an eight (8) team basketball single elimination tournament to bring awareness to the collection campaign on December 9, 2018 from 8 am-5 pm.  Each player will be required to bring two (2) unwrapped toys to register. The cost per team is $50.  The basketball tournament will be held at George Washington Carver Community Center, 710 W. Percy Baker, Jr. Ave, Peoria, IL 61605.

If you have any questions or for more information, please feel free to contact Charles Miner, T.H.I.N.K. Mentor Academy Executive Director at 309-222-3192.

P-Town Soup-January 2018 Winner

pcavThe T.H.I.N.K. Mentor Academy was the proud winner of PCAV’S first P-Town Soup of the 2018 year.  We want to thank everyone that came out and supported us as well as a BIG THANK YOU to PCAV for allowing us to participate.



T.H.I.N.K. Mentor Academy will participate in the first P-Town Soup held by PCAV(Peoria Community Against Violence) of 2018 on Thursday,  January 25,  at 6 PM,  at Christ Lutheran School, 1311 S. Faraday Avenue,   Peoria, IL.   P-Town Soup gives organizations a platform to showcase who and what they are in the community and serves delicious soups as well.  We hope you can make it!

A Senior & Youth Summit



The T.H.I.N.K. Mentor Academy and OFF OUR ROCKERS is hosting its first annual summit between seniors and youth to create dialogue to help both sides listen and respect each other’s point of view and create common ground between the generations.

Seniors have experienced history in the making as they’ve grown older through the years and they have been given a gift-the gift of wisdom.  They have used their strength and knowledge of life’s ins and outs to uplift and mold those around them.  When it is all said and done, they have done their part in the world.

Today’s youth’s daily and social lives are based around technology-phones, computers, tablets, and game systems.  Their lives and way of life is different from how other generations have grown up.  They can give an outlook of what their world is like to seniors.

A panel of senior leaders-Alfreida DeGroot, OFF OUR ROCKERS; Kenneth Kelley, Minister; Judy Hendricks, Elogeme Adolphi Christian Sorority Inc.; and R. Norris Watson, PCCEO Foster Grandparent- will answer questions from the T.H.I.N.K. Mentor Academy youth.

The event will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 10 am to 12 noon at the Peoria Public Library (Lower Level 2 Auditorium), 107 NE Monroe St.  This is a free event to the public for all ages. This event is sponsored by Chick-Fil-A, Boost Mobile, and Community Foundation of Central Illinois.  If you have any questions, please contact Charles Miner, Executive Director at or (309)222-3192.




Meeting Schedule

T.H.I.N.K. Mentor Academy conducts meetings twice a month, unless stated otherwise, at the Peoria Downtown Library on Saturdays from 9:30 am-11:30 am.

Following dates:

October 21, 2017

November 11, 2017 (only date due to Thanksgiving)

December 09, 2017 (only date due to Christmas)

January 06, 2018

January 13, 2018

February 10, 2018

February 24, 2018

March 10, 2018

March 24, 2018

April 14, 2018

April 28, 2018



The Believers is a new program within the T.H.I.N.K. Mentor Academy. The program is for girls ages 13-18.  The purpose for starting this program is for junior high and high school girls that have been in situations where they needed help and/or were unable to express themselves.  This program will help girls come together, provide an opportunity to talk freely, and help each other.

The program is overseen by two women-Ms. Katrina and Ms. Maxcine-who want to help girls to grow, to learn and to know that they have a lot to offer.  When the girls transition from the program the goal is that they have learned about themselves and each other as well as learned how to handle situations that may arise in their lives and developed lifetime friendships.

The program meets twice a month on Saturdays at the Peoria Downtown Library. Believers can get through it!!!










“State of the Family” Seminar

FAMILY.LOVE.HOPE.FAITH3The program has been very busy this summer. We held an event on Saturday, July 22, 2017 for families to be enlightened and empowered through resources that would help families become closer with another as well as creating dialog and conversation.  We had speakers that presented information in various components to reach the families.   Our speakers included: Dr. Gloria Cox- retired educator from Peoria Public Schools & Associate Pastor from New Life Christian Church; Tiffany Mack-LCPC from the Antioch Group; Marilyn Giles-DCFS, retired director; Devon McFadden-Hawks, Asst. Principal, Peoria Public Schools; Paul Frizzell-Manager, Sam’s Club; Lawson Giles-CPA, Lawson Tax & Accounting; Bishop Harold Dawson, Jr.-Pastor, New Life Christian Church; Robbie Criss-Youth Director, Dream Center; Albert Purham, Judge, Judicial Court; and Brenda Green, OSF Healthcare.

The topics included: What defines a family?

Dr. Gloria Cox- Why are families emotionally broken?

Tiffany Mack- Why don’t families seek clinical care?

Bishop Harold Dawson, Jr.- Why are families spiritually broken?

Devon Hawks- Ways to make education stimulating to families.

Marilyn Giles- How does DCFS impact families?

Albert Purham/Robbie Criss- How does the legal system impact families?

Lawson Giles- Why don’t families have a financial plan?

Sam’s Club – How does employment impact families?

OSF Healthcare St. Francis Medical Center- Why don’t families seek regular medical care?


Off Our Rockers Walk & Roll Event

The Off Your Rockers senior component of the T.H.I.N.K. Mentor Academy held it’s first annual Walk & Roll Event on Saturday, June 24, 2017.  The event was the first of its kind in the Peoria area.  It was a great success.  The following companies and organizations OFF OUR ROCKERS T-SHIRT BACKparticipated in the event by sponsorship and/or by attending.  We also had medical staff on site from Methodist College of Nursing and Advanced Medical Transport-THANK YOU!!!



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