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T.H.I.N.K. Mentor Academy Receives Grant for “Building Self Esteem through Family Dynamics”


think-cfci-presentationT.H.I.N.K. Mentor Academy is the proud recipient of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois Emerging Philanthropists Fund Grant. T.H.I.N.K. Mentor Academy received the grant in the amount of $4950.00 for the “Building Self Esteem through Family Dynamics” program. The program is a six (6) week session for youth ages 12-20 and their parent/guardian.


Doris Symonds


Frances Green

Doris Symonds and Frances Green are the program facilitators. The sessions will be held on Saturdays from 10-11am (youth session) and 11:30am-12:30pm (adult session). The first session will begin Saturday, September 10, 2016 and end on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Sessions will be held at the T.H.I.N.K. Mentor Academy location, 1115 N. North St. #D, Peoria, IL 61606. There is no fee to participate and participants will receive a certificate of completion and a T-shirt. Please contact Charles Miner, T.H.I.N.K. Mentor Academy Director, 309-222-3192 with questions and how to register.


T.H.I.N.K. Mentor Academy was started in September 2013. T.H.I.N.K. is an acronym for There’s Hope In New Knowledge. The purpose of the program initially was to mentor young men but later included young women. The target age is 6 years old to 20 years old. T.H.I.N.K. is a self-empowerment, developmental program with the goal of helping young people learn appropriate behavior and social skills. The goal of T.H.I.N.K. is to teach students to respect themselves and others by learning all the good that life has to offer. The vision of T.H.I.N.K. is to help youth learn how to become self-sufficient and productive adults.

Meetings with the youth include topics on anger management, how to be responsible, how to deal with peer pressure and bullying; how to save money, healthy eating habits, practicing good hygiene, learning appropriate behaviors, the importance of academics, building character as well as learning social skills to prepare them for adult life.

The T.H.I.N.K. program is unique by not only wanting to help youth but also embrace the family dynamic to help them overcome any struggles/hurdles that they may face in their lives. The Academy wants to provide them with the tools to be successful in anger management, life skills, and parenting skills. These 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 Academy founder and executive director, Charles Miner. The book concept is that a parent can’t be an effective parent until he/she has learned to successfully implement the first two components-anger management and life skills.

The Academy has partnered with Neighborhood House Association, Peoria, IL and the GET UP Community Center, Peoria, IL. The Academy also works with Peoria District 150 on a monthly basis with the Parent University. During the course of the two and a half years the Academy has had several sponsors that include: Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Embassy Suites, Peoria Rivermen Hockey, Office Max, Bass Pro Shops, Kroger, and others.

The Academy holds fundraisers at Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart (University location). The Academy charges a minimal fee to the families to give them ownership in their child’s future.

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