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The "I Choose Illinois!" podcast, brought to you by Elevate Illinois, showcases the positive stories happening throughout the great state of Illinois. The Land of Lincoln is home to so many special people, places, events and employers who make a positive difference in our state every day. Innovation and a commitment to showcasing the the positive aspects of our state drive Elevate Illinois's mission. Listen and enjoy!
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I CHOOSE ILLINOIS - The Outlet in Springfield
I CHOOSE ILLINOIS - The Outlet in Springfield
Michael Phelon knew he had a calling to help fatherless boys and young men on their path to adulthood. As a result, The Outlet was founded in Springfield, Illinois, and has grown over the last 14 years into a beacon of hope for countless individuals who might have otherwise not had positive, relatable male role models. And now, the program has expanded, moving into a new facility and creating a presence throughout Central Illinois. Boys and young men ages 8-22 are paired with The Outlet's role models. Mentor and mentee pairs develop strong, lifelong relationships through discussing topics related to life and the journey to manhood, participating in group workshops, and taking educational trips together. The program has achieved significant outcomes. Participants of this program have graduated high school, gone on to college or trade school, become entrepreneurs, and even returned to The Outlet to become a mentor! Participants also report feeling more confident in their identity and purpose. Michael Phelon and the staff and volunteers of t The Outlet are making a difference and helping us all remember the efforts behind the scenes that help Elevate Illinois.
November 21, 2022
I CHOOSE ILLINOIS - Broadgauge in Petersburg with Douglas Pope
I CHOOSE ILLINOIS - Broadgauge in Petersburg with Douglas Pope
What an incredible success story about a Petersburg native who returned home to Illinois after launching the successful tech business HotPads which was later sold to Zillow. Douglas Pope has been a catalyst for the resurgence of the downtown Petersburg economy and the unique place that is Broadgauge.  Founded in 1872 as a general store, serving the area originally surveyed and inhabited by Abraham Lincoln, the Broadgauge building has seen many ups and downs, but nothing has been as impactful as the Broadgauge restaurant and event complex located in the bustling downtown area of Petersburg in Menard County! Find out why Douglas chose to come back to his roots in Illinois! #elevateillinois #MenardCounty #ichooseillinois #broadgauge #petersburgil #ilmainstreet
November 07, 2022