Tri-County Urban League

Tri-County Urban League

To advance the regional economy and quality of life in central Illinois by promoting education and improving the employability skills, self-sufficiency and social well-being of African Americans and people in need.

The Tri-County Urban League (TCUL) is a non-partisan 501(c)3 agency serving Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and McLean counties. It is an affiliate of the National Urban League and a member agency of the Heart of Illinois United Way.

TCUL assists low-income people to secure employment through job readiness services: resume preparation, interviewing skills, job search assistance and job referrals. A Men’s Wearhouse partnership supplies the Men’s Career Closet, providing male job seekers with appropriate interview attire. Job training is offered to assess, enhance and increase knowledge and abilities important for workplace success. The Solar Pipeline Training Program trains individuals to become certified solar panel installers.

The Education Department prepares clients to improve skills in reading, math, English and social studies to pass the GED. Afterschool tutoring is available for students, grades K-12, and some college-level tutoring. The Tomorrow’s Scientists, Technicians and Managers (TSTM) Program offers minority students mentoring experiences with engineers, scientists, technicians, doctors, and skilled trades professionals. TSTM monitors academic progress and provides leadership development opportunities, community service, scholarships and college tours. Computer training classes are offered to all ages including the IC3 Digital Literacy Certification, Girls Who Code Club and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Jr. Club.

The Counseling Department offers the Teens Organized for Pride and Success (TOPS) Program, an after-school youth prevention program to prevent negative behaviors (pregnancy, drugs, gangs, etc.). The Parent-Child Education Center offers safe, affordable childcare services for children ages six weeks to five years. The Family Visitation, Habilitation and Parenting Programs strengthen parenting skills through one-on-one and group classes for families.

How to Help
Donate: Consider a tax-deductible contribution to Tri-County (Peoria) Urban League, Inc. Your generous donation will help in empowering and improving the lives of low-income children and families and others in need in our community. Checks and credit cards are accepted by mail or online at

Guild: The TCUL Guild is the volunteer auxiliary arm of the Urban League. Guild members donate their time in support of Urban League programs. Guilders participate in leadership activities and Urban League fundraising events. Members contribute thousands of volunteer hours annually and play a vital role in fulfilling our mission. Please visit if you are interested in joining the Guild.

Volunteer: By generously sharing your knowledge, talent and experience, you can enable clients to achieve success. The Urban League also has internship opportunities available throughout the year. 

For more information, call (309) 673-7474 or email

Tri-County Urban League
317 S. MacArthur Highway
Peoria, IL 61605
(309) 672-4355
Fax: (309) 672-4366

Facebook: Tri-County (Peoria) Urban League
Twitter: @tcpulpeoria

Laraine E. Bryson, President