CENTRAL ILLINOIS COMMUNITY EDUCATORS

Who, What, and Where We Are

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MCLEAN COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY

Museum

The Museum seeks to ignite curiosity, inspire creative expression, elicit critical thinking, and provide a broad sensory experience to learners of all ages through hands-on, inquiry-driven, interdisciplinary programs and special events.

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CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY MUSEUM

Museum

Our mission is to inspire the love of learning through the power of play! This is accomplished by providing hands-on exhibits, classes, and programs that actively engage our visitors in experiences that stimulate imagination, curiosity, and wonder.

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MCLEAN COUNTY ARTS CENTER

Arts & Culture

MCAC encourages and promotes the appreciation, study, cultivation, development, and practice of the arts in McLean County. An independent 501c3 organization, we are the arts agency for McLean County.

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BCAI CULTURAL ARTS & HUMANITIES

Arts & Culture,

Social Justice

BCAI provides socially aware arts training and an expression platform to everyone regardless of income or background to increase awareness of self, community, and culture. We currently have strong dance, martial arts, and visual arts programs.

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PRAIRIE PRIDE COALITION

LGBTQIA+

PPC seeks to make the Bloomington/Normal area a safer, more inclusive, and welcoming environment for members of the LGBTQIA+ community. We do this through education, community building, and a variety of activities that we hope strengthens our community.

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BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL

Child & Student Care

To empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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WESTERN AVENUE COMMUNITY CENTER

Child & Student Care

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PRAIRIE AVIATION MUSEUM

Museum

PAM educates, inspires, and entertains about aviation and space.

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UNIVERSITY GALLERIES

Arts & Culture

Our mission is to foster a greater understanding of contemporary art in our community, while providing support for artists at pivotal points in their careers.

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HEARTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE CONTINUING EDUCATION

Professional Development

Continuing Education at Heartland Community College is dedicated to transforming lives through exemplary professional learning and personal enrichment experiences.

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ILLINOIS ART STATION

Arts & Culture

Illinois Art Station provides transformative visual art experiences for children, youth and their families in our community.

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U OF I EXTENSION

STEAM

Illinois Extension provides practical translations of cutting-edge research to help people, businesses, and communities find answers to some of the most pressing issues of our modern world. Our work is guided by a desire to create meaningful progress toward addressing a select group of issues, which we call grand challenges.

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HEARTLAND HEAD START

Early Learning

We provide our diverse community with a helpful and welcoming place that offers equal access to the world of ideas and information and supports lifelong learning.

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DAVID DAVIS MANSION

Museum

The mission of the David Davis Mansion Foundation is to help the Illinois Department of Natural Resources engage, enlighten and entertain visitors with the stories of the site, of the David Davis household, and of their special relationship with Abraham Lincoln and others.

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BLOOMINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Library

We provide our diverse community with a helpful and welcoming place that offers equal access to the world of ideas and information and supports lifelong learning.

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ECOLOGY ACTION CENTER

Environment

The mission of the Ecology Action Center is to inspire and assist our community in creating, strengthening, and preserving a healthy environment. The EAC acts as a central resource for environmental education, information, outreach, and technical assistance in McLean County, Illinois.

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MILLER PARK ZOO

Zoo

Miller Park Zoo strives to expand the understanding of interrelationships between people and animals, and demonstrate the need to preserve Earth's natural resources.

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NORMAL PUBLIC LIBRARY

Library

The Normal Public Library is a valuable educational and recreational resource that enriches the quality of life for community residents.

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IWU ACTION RESEARCH CENTER

Community Service & Engagement

To relentlessly pursue innovative ideas that transform communities while intentionally expanding and exceeding the “Wesleyan Bubble."

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ISU CENTER FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Community Service & Engagement

The center builds on the University’s core value of civic engagement. The intent of the center is to bring coordination and a shared purpose to the civic engagement efforts occurring throughout the University, as well as to create new opportunities. The scope of the center is broad and involves supporting in-class and out-of-class learning experiences that partner with the community.

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MCLEAN COUNTY ROSC (RECOVERY ORIENTED SYSTEMS OF CARE)

Health & Wellness

In McLean County, Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care is a community-based coalition of volunteers within McLean County. The ROSC Council is comprised of professionals in various human services fields, individuals with lived experience in recovery, and community members. ROSC seeks to connect people in recovery with a variety of community services to improve recovery outcomes.

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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF CENTRAL ILLINOIS

Career Preparedness

To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

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MARCFIRST

Accessibility & Special Education

Marcfirst supports people with developmental disabilities and families in McLean County with opportunities to reach their full potential through a lifetime of meaningful services.

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SUGAR GROVE NATURE CENTER

Environment

The mission of Sugar Grove Nature Center is to provide a place where individuals can experience, study, and enjoy the environment and history of Funks Grove, and as a result be inspired to become responsible stewards of the environment.

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YWCA MCLEAN COUNTY

Early Learning,
Social Justice

YWCA McLean County is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We proudly serve people of all backgrounds through every stage of life. We are an inclusive organization, serving everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.

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ILLINOIS AG IN THE CLASSROOM

STEM

McLean County Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) programs seek to improve student achievement by providing agricultural-based content as the context to teach core curriculum concepts in science, social studies, language arts and nutrition. By encouraging teachers to embed agriculture into their classroom, AITC cultivates an understanding of the food and fiber system that we all rely on every day.

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CHILDREN'S HOME & AID

Social Services

Children's Home and Aid partners with children, youth, and families whose potential is at risk to create hope, opportunity, and bright futures.

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LIVINGSTON COUNTY WAR MUSEUM

Museum

We are a hands-on museum honoring local military veterans from World War I to the present.

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REGIONAL OFFICE OF EDUCATION 17

Education

An advocate for education by providing positive leadership, coordinating and delivering state and local services, and disseminating information for educators, school districts, and the community.

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BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL NAACP

Social Justice

The NAACP is a civil rights organization that is committed to ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

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JOE McCAULEY GALLERY
at Heartland Community College

Arts & Culture

Supports art as a catalyst for thoughtful dialogues that link artistic expression to broader cultural contexts and provides a shared cultural space where diverse art experiences can enrich the lives of students, Heartland employees, and members of the larger community

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UNITY COMMUNITY CENTER

Child & Student Care

A multicultural center that provides programming for youth from families with limited resources. As an afterschool site, Unity offers a positive, structured learning environment for youth 5-18 years old.