Illinois Central College
Occupation: As an academic advisor for Illinois Central College’s TRIO program, LaMar Anderson focuses on helping first-generation college students “Turn Roadblocks Into Opportunities,” as the TRIO acronym means. He helps students set and achieve their educational and career goals, which includes advising them on selecting classes, schedules, majors and other academic activities. He is also an alumnus of the TRIO program.
Community Involvement: Mr. Anderson created the Willie’s Way Foundation to honor his late uncle, Willie York. The foundation helps people dealing with homelessness and/or mental illnesses. He is a long-time on-air personality for WAZU-90.7. He is also a board member of Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service, an advisor for the Black Legacy Student Organization at ICC, a member of the Peoria alumni chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and St. Paul Baptist Church. His many other community activities include volunteering at food pantries. He is a former Boy Scout troop leader and a board member of Upgrade Inc.
Education: Attended Illinois Central College; bachelor of arts, social work, Western Illinois University
Three things he’s passionate about: Music, youth and family
Three favorite hobbies: Deejaying, drawing, writing
Career influence or inspiration: A teacher, a cousin and his mother steered Mr. Anderson toward his commitment to the arts, community involvement, and working with young people. Sharon Reed, his high school teacher, created a safe space for him and his friends to hone their musical skills. Watching his cousin, long-time juvenile probation officer Broderick Spencer, inspired him to go to college and choose a career devoted to youth development. Ruby Winters, his mother, laid his spiritual foundation and has always been his “biggest supporter.”
Inspirational quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Marianne Williamson
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