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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Presenting at the 2014 Illinois College Access Network conference

JP Paulus will be a co-presenter for a workshop during the Illinois College Access Network conference in Chicago on Wednesday, August 6. He will join another colleague to present "Social Media Basics", to help Illinois CAN members how to best utilize this technology.

The aim of the conference as a whole is to help those who work with youth (and adults) get them to college, and to connect resources together to help our whole state improve our college graduation rates.

There is a cost (see the announcement below). Please send an e-mail to illinoiscollegeaccessnetwork@gmail.com if you have any questions.

The conference is on Wednesday, August 6, from 8am - 2pm at North Park University, 3225 W. Foster Avenue (in Hamming Hall, connected to the gym).  Free parking is available at the lot on the southeast corner of Kedzie and Foster.



Here is the official announcement:
2014 Illinois CAN Summer Conference on August 6th

Good afternoon, colleagues.  The 2014 Conference will be at North Park University, with the usual light breakfast at 8am and program starting at 8:30.  Lunch will be served and the conference will conclude at 2pm.Interest sessions will include
  •   Financial literacy for students, with special emphasis on college loan debt 
  •   Mentoring students through their college years
  •   Testing update from ACT and The College Board: a collaborative presentation 
  •   Transitioning to higher education for students with special needs
  •   Marketing for non-profits: institutional advancement
  •   Social media as a marketing tool: for students and for organizational visibility 
At lunch, our keynote speaker will be Courtney Logan, attorney and author of "Shaped by Fire: My Escape from Poverty's Pit."  Mr. Logan will speak of his youth in East St.Louis and how one of our members (Associated Colleges of Illinois) assisted him through its College Readiness Program.

The conference fee is $50 for Illinois CAN members and $100 for non-members.  Annual memberships ($75 for individuals, $150 for organizations) can be paid (check or cash) and the discounted fee will be applied at the conference.  Please let me know if you need a copy of the Network application and a list of the member categories and accompanying fees

Here's the planned schedule:

Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00am          Welcome and Opening Remarks, by Mike Dessimoz & Leslie Millenson
9:15 – 10:15am       Break-out Sessions:
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10:30 – 11:30am     Break-out Sessions:
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11:45 – 12:45pm     Break-out Sessions:
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12:45 – 2:00pm       Lunch& Keynote Presentation by Courtney Logan:
                                    "Shaped by Fire: My Escape from Poverty's Pit."

For more information, go to the Illinois College Access Network website.

If you are at the conference, please come to see JP Paulus. If you don't see him, call or text 872-222-8008.

We look forward to seeing you!


Friday, May 16, 2014

2014-2015 Direct Student Loan rates announced

The Department of Education has officially released the borrowing rates for Federal Student Loans. The official announcement can be found at this link.

See our infographic below for details on the changes. (Please feel free to share it)



Please note, that there are several type of loans students can use for borrowing money for college. While it's always best to avoid loans whenever possible,  loans are necessary if they make the difference between you completing your degree, and you dropping out.

Of all the loans possible,  Federal Student Loans are best types of loans to get. They offer protections, repayment plans (if one is not able to make the standard payment), have a grace period and require entrance and exit counseling, so borrowers have an understanding of how student loans can affect their lives.
The above rates are for Federal loans. If the loans you are offered (for the school year starting August/September 2014) do not match the rates above, please re-consider or even turn down those loans. They may become hazardous to your financial health!

Other types of loans include the following:

  • Institutional Loans - these are provided by the college, through their own resources. They are not necessarily the best loans, but depending on the college, might be helpful. They may also not have the protections Federal Student loans provide.
  • Private Loans - These may come from banks or other sources. They do not have the protections and rules that Federal Student Loans have, and interest rates will vary.  Note that banks used to provide federal student loans, and parents paying back federal student loans may be paying them back to a bank. But ALL current student loans are issued through the United States Government's Department of Education (also known as dept. of Ed. or most simply "Ed")
  • Payday Loans - People may be desperate if they find out they don't have money to pay for the semester. We suggest you avoid these at all costs. Interest rates are enormous, and the overall cost is general not worth it. Consider alternatives: deferred admission (where you can wait 1 year before actually going to the college), payment plans (where you can pay off your tuition in monthly installments)




We hope this helps as you or your student begins this tough-but-helpful process. 
Please leave a comment if you have a question about student loans, the FAFSA or the financial aid process.
JP Paulus of Do-Gooder Consulting works with churches and nonprofits, and even businesses to help them integrate college access training into their programs. We can do personal consulting as well as coaching for your staff.  More information is available at www.do-gooder.us or call us at 872-222-8008 or by e-mail at web@do-gooder.us for more information.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Look for us in May and June

Here's where you can find us in the months of May and June. Call or text us at 872-222-8008 or e-mail us at  web@do-gooder.us if you have questions or would like to meet!



Urban Youth Network

May 1 (Thursday) , 2014 @9am. Join fellow youth workers for fellowship & growth.  May's meeting location is at New Life Coveannt SouthEast's LIGHTHOUSE, located at 4338 S. Prairie (where we have often met before). It is off the Green Line El's 43rd stop, a short walk from the #3 King Drive Bus, or a short ride from the Dan Ryan (I-94/90)'s 43rd Street exit. (You can also call/text 872-222-8008 or e-mail blog@do-gooder.us for an update.) 

Free breakfast (includes doughnuts and coffee) is provided.

For more info, contact Nick Rivera at nick@gripyouth.com or see the Urban Youth Network Facebook page

The June meeting (Thursday, June 5) is planed as a lunch meeting. We'll meet at Chinese Christian Union church's Impact Center (where we met in April). The start time is 10:00am and will run through lunchtime, with catering from a local restaurant. 


Fleck's Coffee First Friday

Meet at Flecks Coffee for their First Friday networking event. See you at 343 E. 79th St., Chicago (South Side neighborhood of Chatham) on Friday, May 2 at 8am.  NOTE, this date has been changed to Saturday, May 3 at 9am.

We have begun some great partnerships through these meetings.

Flecks is near 79th (#79 bus route) and King Drive (#3 bus), and short walk from the 79th stop of the Red Line, as well as the 79th street exit of the Dan Ryan (I-94, south side of Chicago).

From the event's Facebook page:
Jump Start Your New Year and Your Business at First Friday @ Flecks Cafe 79th & Calumet Friday May 2nd at 8:00am Sharp! Join the most high powered group of successful business owners and soon to be's for one-to-one networking and business building information exchange. Make It Your Business to Be Here! It Works, When We Work It! Let's Work It, TOGETHER! — at Flecks Coffee Company, Inc. hosted by Bruce Montgomery of Technology Access Television an. d Lyoness USA.



Illinois College Access Network


The second Illinois College Access Network Meeting of 2014 be will meet on Wednesday, May 7th, at DeVry University (3300 N Campbell in Chicago, near the northwest corner of Belmont and Western). This is a new location from previous meetings, which have often been downtown. This meeting includes an update on recent Department of Education tools for the college search and financial assistance.(You can also call/text 872-222-8008 or e-mail blog@do-gooder.us for an update.) They hope to update the website at www.illinoiscan.org and they ask to please RSVP by sending an e-mail to  illinoiscollegeaccessnetwork@gmail.com     

Chatham Business Association 

We'll see you at the next Chatham Business Association meeting on Tuesday, May 13 at the QBG Foundation Building, Meeting Room, 806 E. 78th St. Chicago, Il 60619 . The presenter is Patrice Daniels, Contract Compliance Administrator, Forest Preserves of Cook County on "Doing Business with the Forest Preserves of Cook County". This Monthly Membership Meeting held by Chatham Business Association, Small Business Development Inc. is held to inform current members and prospective members about issues and activities going on in Chatham and the City of Chicago.  You do not need to be a member to attend.  Breakfast is provided for a small fee.





College Changes Everything conference sponsored by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission on July 17, 2014 at the Tinley Park Convention Center.. More information when it becomes available.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Checklist for the 2015 Chicago Reload Conference

Whether you are going to the Reload conference in Chicago, or really any other gathering of professionals or other like-minded people, the following are some good tips to remember:


Reload is almost upon us here in Chicago. (Reload is a national gathering of urban youth ministry workers. They might be full time youth pastors, but they can also be simply volunteers who participate when they can).

Here are some things to have ready:

  • Money (there may be a few cash only items, but most vendors take credit cards)
  • Pens & scratch paper - in case you have to write a note. Yes, you COULD put it on your smartphone. But will you be smart enough to remember to review it? One other alternative is have your sound recorder or video camera readily available.  That might be another viable way for you to take verbal notes. But remember to review these notes either that night or a scheduled time the next day. 
  • Business Cards --- see our Bootleg Business Card blog entry for details
  • List of seminars - you can always change it on the spot, or just take the workshop time to have meaningful conversations & prayer times
  • Times where you are willing to SKIP.  The seminar, workshop or general speaker might be good, but there are times when one-on-one times are far more productive and memorable. A seasoned professional will understand this, and be OK with it. See our other blog entry for details.

Have a great time, and we hope to see you there.

At the conference, feel free to text us at 872-222-8008 to meet up.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Where we are in March and April 2014

Here's where you can find us in the months of March and April. Call or text us at 872-222-8008 or e-mail us at  web@do-gooder.us if you have questions or would like to meet!

Illinois College Access Network


The first Illinois College Access Network Meeting of 2014 will be on Tuesday, March 4, starting at 8am,  at Roosevelt University (2nd floor,
Congress Lounge) 430 S. Michigan Av,. The topic will focus on Understanding University Success - Developing
Non-Cognitive Factors in Your StudentsPlease RSVP by sending an e-mail to  illinoiscollegeaccessnetwork@gmail.com     Parking information is at:
http://www.roosevelt.edu/parking.  Discount validation for some locations
can be accomplished at the 425 S. Wabash entrance.




Urban Youth Network

March 6 (Thursday) , 2014 @9am. Join fellow youth workers for fellowship & growth.
Meeting location is Wells Community Academy (high school) at 940 N. Ashland.  Free breakfast (includes doughnuts and coffee)
For more info, contact Nick Rivera at 
nick@gripyouth.com or see the Urban Youth Network Facebook page


Fleck's Coffee First Friday

Meet at Flecks Coffee for their First Friday networking event. See you at 343 E. 79th St., Chicago (South Side neighborhood of Chatham) on Friday, March 7 at 8am.

Flecks is near 79th (#79 bus route) and King Drive (#3 bus), and short walk from the 79th stop of the Red Line, as well as the 79th street exit of the Dan Ryan (I-94, south side of Chicago).

From the event's Facebook page:
Jump Start Your New Year and Your Business at First Friday @ Flecks Cafe 79th & Calumet Friday March 7th at 8:00am Sharp! Join the most high powered group of successful business owners and soon to be's for one-to-one networking and business building information exchange. Make It Your Business to Be Here! It Works, When We Work It! Let's Work It, TOGETHER! — at Flecks Coffee Company, Inc. hosted by Bruce Montgomery of Technology Access Television and Lyoness USA.

 

Chicago RELOAD:Urban Youth Workers conference


For those who don't know, Reload has been going on for several years. It is a 1 day conference for Urban Youth workers, set in cities throughout the US and Canada.  It is sponsored nationally by the Urban Youth Workers Institute. Locally in Chicago, North Park University's Center for Youth Ministry Studies has been at the forefront of Reload.

If you have been touched by the KingdomWorks/CompassionWorks conferences that were annual events in Philadelphia and other cities in the 1990's, then you will appreciate Reload.

For more information go to northpark.edu/reload


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I have personally been blessed by it. We will post more information next week.



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

MAP Grant runs out on Feb 27!


The Illinois MAP (Monetary Assistance Program) grant is cutting off applications on February 27. This grants is for Illinois students who go to college in Illinois (undergraduate degree).

The way to apply for the MAP grant is to fill out  the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The website for filling out the FAFSA online is www.FAFSA.gov

You can read articles from Do-Gooder consulting on the FAFSA by clicking here.

A finished FAFSA (and you can estimate last year's income based on previous tax forms and financial statements), and an accepted college application will allow the financial aid office to process your financial aid request, and factor in the MAP grant if appropriate.
The original press release from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission is here --> http://www.isac.org/e-library/partner-e-messages-and-newsletters/counselor-e-messages/eLibrary_Counselor_2014_0225.html



The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is suspending the announcement of 2014-15 Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants for all students whose initial 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received by the Central Processing System (CPS) on or after Friday, February 28, 2014.

We are making you aware of the suspension of 2014-15 MAP awards to assist you as you counsel your college-bound seniors regarding financial assistance that may be available to them for the 2014-15 academic year.

High school seniors who plan to be enrolled in college for the 2014-15 academic year, but do not submit a FAFSA prior to February 28, should still be encouraged to do so as soon as possible at FAFSA on the Web. FAFSA results are used to determine eligibility for other forms of federal and state financial assistance. The suspension of 2014-15 MAP award announcements does not impact any other financial aid programs.

In addition, encourage your college-bound students (and their families) to visit the Students & Parents area at isac.org for information regarding the financial aid process.
You are receiving this message because you registered for ISAC's e-Messaging service through one or more subscription groups for Counselors.

If you have any questions regarding this e-Message, please contact ISAC's School Services Department by calling toll free at 866.247.2172 or sending an e-mail message to isac.schoolservices@isac.illinois.gov

Please fill out the FAFSA right NOW!