Helping Quad City urban students realize their full potential - in school and in life

About QC United

QC United is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to assisting urban youth fully access educational opportunities so that they can pursue their dreams. QC United operates several unique and exciting programs endorsed by multiple Quad City school districts, law enforcement organizations, businesses and city leaders. The organization is overseen by a volunteer Executive Board of Directors. The Board meets monthly throughout the year in various locations throughout the Quad Cities. QC United members volunteer to participate at different levels depending on their interests, skills and time availability.

The first program developed by the founder of QC United, Ruben Moore, began in May 2000. Now in its 15th year, the Swing into Education Scholarship Program is the longest running financial aid program in the Quad Cities focused specifically on helping local urban youth attend local colleges. Since 2001, eighty eight accomplished students from nine different Iowa and Illinois QC high schools have been awarded QC United scholarship grants. Today, five local colleges (Augustana College, Black Hawk College, St. Ambrose University, Scott Community College and Western Illinois University-Qc Campus), partner with QC United to provide matching fund awards. The Swing into Education Golf tournament, which is held the third Saturday each June, is the primary fundraiser for this scholarship program.

QC United has expanded programming over the years to assist urban youth access educational opportunities that helps prepare them for a successful future. Currently, QC United presents the World of Work Symposium that focuses on teaching high school students about the soft skills required to work effectively in a global workforce. This one-day event is offered free to students and features a diverse group of professionals with international experiences. These professionals have an opportunity to share their experiences and insights with students in small group settings.

QC United has consistently emphasized the importance of social competency as an essential component of success in school and in the community; these skills include empathy, cultural/social awareness, tolerance, respect, self-awareness and self-management. In October, 2013, QC United introduced an original character, Pete the Purple Bull This character was designed and created by QC United and is geared toward younger students. Pete is a big, cuddly Bull who has come to the human world to teach kids and reminds adults about the importance of being respectful and kind to each other. Pete the Purple Bull has become the leading locally-produced program that addresses social/emotional skills development. Pete and his Posse visit schools and community events to share these important lessons where he is warmly received by families, students and teachers alike.

Pete is the official host of Pete’s Awesome CommUNITY Party. This is a celebration of National Bully Prevention Month. Pete’s event is FREE to youth and families and is scheduled for Sunday, October 18th, from 1pm to 4pm at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, Iowa. This is a fun afternoon featuring a variety of entertainment and activities. This year, RusHour, a dynamic dance duo, will join Pete as his co-hosts.

QC United is growing and invites you to become involved. Consider becoming a volunteer. Explore the many ways you can support and/or sponsor one of our programs. Your questions and comments are always welcomed!

Mission Statement for QC United: To provide educational experiences that focus on teaching the hard and soft skills needed to empower youth and communities to successfully navigate within a global society.

Vision Statement for QC United: Our vision is a World in which everyone has opportunity to fully develop and utilize their diverse skills and talents, and each plays a valued role in solving problems and creating new solutions.

Upcoming Events

QC United

September 16th
1pm QC Reading Adventure sponsored by
the QC Times. Pete and his Posse
share anti-bullying information and perform
some Hip-Hop Dance.

September 22nd
8am NAMI Walk. Pete is there cheering the
Walkers and psoing for pictures.

September 27th
Grape Life Fundraiser 6pm. Enjoy wine tasting
And appetizers while supporting Pete's anti-
Bullying programs.

October 13th
9am Run with the Bull 5K and Youth Relays (10am)
Modern Woodmen Baseball Stadium
Davenprot, IA sign up at: GetMeRegistered.com

October 18th
6pm to 9pm Margarita Mix-Up
RiverCenter, Downtown Davenport, IA
Fundraiser featuring 6 flavors of margaritas and
Six restaurants competing for best tacos. Learn More

October 21st
1pm - 4pm Pete's Awesome CommUNITY Party
Waterfront Convention Center, Bettendorf, IA
(a FREE family festival)

6:30pm - 10pm The Kindness Rocks Concert
Waterfront Convention Center, Bettendorf, IA
12 and under free. Adults $12

November 3rd
2pm Pete's Grand Plan - The Musical.
North High School Auditorium, Davenport, IA
Tickets: Children (under 12) $6 Adults: $12

November 4th
2pm Special children's "Meet and Greet" Package
For Pete's Grand Plan - The Musical Children &
parents will enjoy pizza and ice cream, Face painting,
pictures with Pete and his farm friends, and some
crafts. Price also includes a ticket to the show.
Tickets: Children (12 and under): $15 Adults: $17

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QC United
P.O. Box 1388
Bettendorf, IA 5272
(855) 485-4445