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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Do-Gooder Consulting in May 2015 and Beyond

May will be a very busy month for JP Paulus and Do-Gooder Consulting, with several major events. Here's where you can find us in the next few weeks and beyond. Call or text us at 872-222-8008 or e-mail us at  blog@do-gooder.us if you have questions or would like to meet! (Also, see the bottom of this post regarding an opportunity to help your students with financial aid!


Business First Friday  

We used to meet at Flecks Coffee for their First Friday networking event. Unfortunately, they have closed, so we have more to Chef Sara's Cafe in South Shore. See you Friday, May 1 at 8:30 am, located at 7261 S. Exchange.

We have begun some great partnerships through these meetings. Many members of the Chatham Business Association (see below) plan on joining us. This event is hosted by Bruce Montgomery of technology TV,among many other things..


Urban Youth Network


The next meeting is Thursday, May 8  at  9am. The location is Park Community Church at 1001 N. Crosby. 
 Join fellow youth workers for fellowship & growth.  You can also call/text 872-222-8008 or e-mail blog@do-gooder.us for an update, or questions.  

Free breakfast (includes doughnuts, fruit, juice and coffee) is provided.

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

Meet us at The Light House, 4338 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago IL. This location is just blocks from the Dan Ryan (43rd Street exit), as well as the Green Line (43rd stop) and the #3 King Drive bus.





Illinois College Access Network


The next Illinois College Access Network Meeting of 2015 be will meet  on Thursday, May 14th, 2015. We come together in Room 8005 of the DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd  at 8am sharp for the next meeting of the Network. 

From the event page:
IMUA is a web-based and mobile tracking tool developed by HOKU Scholars.   It enables access professionals to guide and prepare student clients for college admission/enrollment, then monitor their progress to degree completion.  Mark Cassidy, co-founder of HOKU Scholars and co-developer of IMUA, will share features of the program, which is already being utilized by other college access organizations, some of them members or friends of Illinois CAN.



(You can also call/text 872-222-8008 or e-mail blog@do-gooder.us for an update.) Updates for the event are at this link and  the website at www.illinoiscan.org   






 Tutor Mentor Conference


We appreciate Daniel Bassill of the Tutor Mentor Institute inviting us to the May 2015 Tutor-Mentor Conference to present on on "twists on Traditional Fundraising".  The 43rd conference will be Friday, May 8, 2014 at Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago, and the 44th in November. Look for updates here on their website. Registration is NOW open.




Chatham Business Association 

We'll see you at the next Chatham Business Association meeting  at 8:30am on Tuesday, May 12 at the QBG Foundation Building, Meeting Room, 806 E. 78th St. Chicago, IL 60619 .The 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, but you should register.  Breakfast is provided for a small fee. See their webpage for details on this event.  



FAFSA Completion sessions


We're also scheduling FAFSA completion sessions for the first week of January, where we help families correctly fill out the FAFSA. The first that we have planned is one at Oakdale Covenant Church, 9440 S. Vincennes after the 10:30am service on Sunday, January 4, 2015. We will utilize Oakdale Christian Academy's computer lab to allow up to 20 families to fill out their FAFSA at a time. Check our blog for details and updates.


with the first retreat, and is in charge of the administrative and registration needs for the retreat.  He, through Do-Gooder Consulting, can help your church set up a retreat or conference. Contact us at conference@do-gooder.us for more information.




We hope to more fully participate in events such as:

We will post details as they arrive.
web@do-gooder.us


We hope to see you at these and other events.  Don't forget to bring business cards, even if it is a "bootleg" business card (see our blog on it).  If you plan on coming to these events, please call/test us at 872-222-8008 or by e-mail at blog@do-gooder.us

We hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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.(Saturday, March 28, 2015 to be exact).  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. The Urban Youth Workers Institute established these regional trainings to help youth workers who were unable to travel to far-away conferences and couldn't afford time off & hotel stays.

In Chicago, North Park University's Center for Youth Ministry studies leads the coordiantion for the event, and hosts the conference.

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 to 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,

Have a great time, and we hope to see you there. if you haven't registered, or need info, go to Reload Chicago's homepage for more details

At the conference, feel free to text us at 872-222-8008 to meet up. See you at Reload Chicago!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Look for Do-Gooder Consulting in March and beyond!

March will be a very busy month for JP Paulus and Do-Gooder Consulting, with several major events. Here's where you can find us in the next few weeks and beyond. Call or text us at 872-222-8008 or e-mail us at  blog@do-gooder.us if you have questions or would like to meet! (Also, see the bottom of this post regarding an opportunity to help your students with financial aid!

Urban Youth Network


The next meeting is Thursday, March 5  at  9am. Meet us at The Light House, 4338 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago IL.
 This location is just blocks from the Dan Ryan (43rd Street exit), as wel as the Green Line (43rd stop) and the #3 King Drive bus. Join fellow youth workers for fellowship & growth.  You can also call/text 872-222-8008 or e-mail blog@do-gooder.us for an update, or questions.  

Free breakfast (includes doughnuts, fruit, juice and coffee) is provided.

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


Business First Friday  

We used to meet at Flecks Coffee for their First Friday networking event. Unfortunately, they have closed, so we have more to Chef Sara's Cafe in South Shore.

We have begun some great partnerships through these meetings. Many members of the Chatham Business Association (see below) plan on joining us. This event is hosted by Bruce Montgomery of technology TV,among many other things..



Chatham Business Association 

We'll see you at the next Chatham Business Association meeting  at 8:30am on Tuesday, March 10 at the QBG Foundation Building, Meeting Room, 806 E. 78th St. Chicago, IL 60619 .The 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, but you should register.  Breakfast is provided for a small fee. See their webpage for details on this event.  


The Presenter is Nicholas J Delgado, Principal at Dignitas and he will speak on Small Business Succession Planning Strategies




Reload Chicago 2015

Reload Chicago 2015 (an Urban Youth Workers Conference) on Saturday, March 28,  2015 at North Park University. JP Paulus plans on attending and networking with you and 300 others.


FAFSA Completion sessions


We're also scheduling FAFSA completion sessions for the first week of January, where we help families correctly fill out the FAFSA. The first that we have planned is one at Oakdale Covenant Church, 9440 S. Vincennes after the 10:30am service on Sunday, January 4, 2015. We will utilize Oakdale Christian Academy's computer lab to allow up to 20 families to fill out their FAFSA at a time. Check our blog for details and updates.




JP Paulus is involved in the planning of Oakdale Covenant Church's men's retreat, April 15-17 at Camp Manitoqua in Frankfort, IL.

JP helped with the first retreat, and is in charge of the administrative and registration needs for the retreat.  He, through Do-Gooder Consulting, can help your church set up a retreat or conference. Contact us at conference@do-gooder.us for more information.




Illinois College Access Network


The next Illinois College Access Network Meeting of 2014 be will meet  on Thursday, May 14th, 2015. Location and agenda is To Be Announced.  (You can also call/text 872-222-8008 or e-mail blog@do-gooder.us for an update.) Updates for the event are at this link and  the website at www.illinoiscan.org   





 We also want to say thanks to everyone we met at  the 42nd Tutor-Mentor Conference 


We appreciate Daniel Bassill of the Tutor Mentor Institute inviting us to the November 2014 Tutor-Mentor Conference to present on on "4 Steps 2 College".  The 43rd conference will be Friday, May 8, 2014 at Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago, and the 44th in November. Look for updates here on their website. Registration will be open soon.for now, they are accepting proposals for workshops!


We hope to more fully participate in events such as:

We will post details as they arrive.
web@do-gooder.us


We hope to see you at these and other events.  Don't forget to bring business cards, even if it is a "bootleg" business card (see our blog on it).  If you plan on coming to these events, please call/test us at 872-222-8008 or by e-mail at blog@do-gooder.us

We hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Make sure your students fill out the FAFSA -- RIGHT NOW!!!



Your students need to fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible.

Last year, the state of Illinois' MAP grant ran out on February 28. Based on the infograph below we published last year, the 2015 deadline could be February 25 or earlier!






In the "old days" of the FAFSA, we were told to fill out the FAFSA after taxes were done. This was so because recalculating financial aid was done by hand, and so by giving estimated information created a lot of lot of work and time delay.

With the wonders of the internet and computer automation,  this process is much easier.

If you need help in this process, please contact Do-Gooder Consulting at 872-222-8008 or college@do-gooder.us


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Janaury and other 2015 plans for JP Paulus and Do-Gooder Consulting

First of all, we wish you a Merry Christmas!


And we hope to wish you happy new year personally in one of the many events happening in January. And see below for several OTHER opportunities to meet in 2015.

December will be a very busy month for JP Paulus and Do-Gooder Consulting, with several major events. Here's where you can find us in the next few weeks and beyond. Call or text us at 872-222-8008 or e-mail us at  blog@do-gooder.us if you have questions or would like to meet! (Also, see the bottom of this post regarding an opportunity to help your students with financial aid!


Urban Youth Network


The next meeting is tentative scheduled for Thursday, January 8 at 9am. 
Time: 9am-11am

Location: To Be Announced (probably Park Community Church)

(Usually, the meeting is the first Thursday of the month, 9am-11am). Join fellow youth workers for fellowship & growth.  You can also call/text 872-222-8008 or e-mail blog@do-gooder.us for an update, or questions.  

Free breakfast (includes doughnuts, fruit, juice and coffee) is provided.

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



Business First Friday  

We used to meet at Flecks Coffee for their First Friday networking event. Unfortunately, they have closed, so we will need to find a new location (and possibly alternative date, due ot New Year's)

We have begun some great partnerships through these meetings. Many members of the Chatham Business Association (see below) plan on joining us. This even is hosted by Bruce Montgomery of technology TV,among many other things..

FAFSA Completion sessions


We're also scheduling FAFSA completion sessions for the first week of January, where we help families correctly fill out the FAFSA. The first that we have planned is one at Oakdale Covenant Church, 9440 S. Vincennes after the 10:30am service on Sunday, January 4, 2015. We will utilize Oakdale Christian Academy's computer lab to allow up to 20 families to fill out their FAFSA at a time. Check our blog for details and updates.

Chatham Business Association 

We'll see you at the next Chatham Business Association meeting on Tuesday, December 9 at the QBG Foundation Building, Meeting Room, 806 E. 78th St. Chicago, Il 60619 .The 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. See their webpage for details on this event.

Illinois College Access Network


The last Illinois College Access Network Meeting of 2014 be will meet  on Thursday, February 5th, 2015. Location is to Be Announced.  (You can also call/text 872-222-8008 or e-mail blog@do-gooder.us for an update.) They will update the website at www.illinoiscan.org   

JP will be involved in the planning of Oakdale Covenant Church's men's retreat, April 15-17.

Reload Chicago 2015 (an Urban Youth Workers Conference) on Saturday, March 28,  2015 at North Park University.


 We also want to say thanks to everyone we met at  the 42nd Tutor-Mentor Conference 


We appreciate Daniel Bassill of the Tutor Mentor Institute inviting us to the November 2014 Tutor-Mentor Conference to present on on "4 Steps 2 College".  The 43rd conference will be Friday, May 8, 2014 at Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago, and the 44th in November. Look for updates here on their website. Registration will be open soon.for now, they are accepting proposals for workshops!



We hope to more fully participate in events such as the College Changes Everything Conference in July 2015,  The Illinois Colege Access Network Conference in August 2015, and the CCDA (Christian Community Development Association) Conference in September 2015. We will post details as they arrive.
web@do-gooder.us


We hope to see you at these and other events.  Don't forget to bring business cards, even if it is a "bootleg" business card (see our blog on it).  If you plan on coming to these events, please call/test us at 872-222-8008 or by e-mail at blog@do-gooder.us

We hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Check some of our best work


We just wanted to do an end-of-the-year review of some of our best work over the years

Within a week the article on the FAFSA transitioning from a PIN system to a Username/Password system became our second most-read post.

It took a couple of years (past the 2013 expected date), but some new web domain extensions are now available, such as .church

Our article about "bootleg business cards" talks about the need to create some sort of business card, even if doesn't "look professional" -- the key is getting your information out there.

Have an idea of a topic we should focus on? Let us know! Contact us at blog@do-gooder.us or call us at 872-222-8008 for details on the free and paid services. We look forward to hearing from you. Find out more about us at www.do-gooder.us