Pete the Purple Bull is a program of QC United, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Photo showing Pete the Purple Bull with members of Reflex Dance and school kids from the Quad Cities

About Pete the Purple Bull & QC United

Pete the Purple Bull is dedicated to promoting positive social/emotional skills in schools and communities by offering a wide variety of interactive learning experiences. Pete knows that when people practice these skills, Bullying disappears. Pete also knows that these skills are essential to creating and maintaining safe and welcoming schools and neighborhoods.

Pete the Purple Bull is an entity of QC United, a 501©3 Organization

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.