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Monday, July 29, 2013

Have your supporters take advantage of office supply store sales

Back to school sales can help you stock up to help kids!

We just saw these sale today...and this would be great to pass on not just to your members, but also others who support your ministry -- they can use their opportunities to stock up and donate to you at a later date. Imagine a whole church, going out & buying these supplies for an organization serving underprivileged youth. Even children can have a hand helping other children.

Staples has a sale which includes the following 1 PENNY purchases, after you buy $5 in additional supplies:

  • 10 folders
  • 2 bottles of glue
  • 4 pencil cases

This purchase can be accomplished by buying 1 or 2 reams of multipurpose paper at $6.99 each, which comes with an opportunity to get a rebate of $5.99.  (Your upfront costs could be as much as $15, but you get a refund of almost $12)

Office Depot also has a sale this week, which include
$0.25 protractor (limit 3)
$0.25 ruler (limit 3)
$0.25 composition book (limit 3)

OfficeMax offers a sale similar to Staples, which includes notebooks for 1 PENNY (limit 5), after you buy $5 in additional supplies. You can also get up to 3 packs of 10 pens (PaperMate), 2 Glue sticks for $0.25 (limit 3) , and 4 mechanical pencils at $0.50 a pack (limit 3).  They also have a rebate sale on paper, where you can get $6.98 back

Disclaimer: NONE of these stores is giving me a kickback!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Join us August 1 for the FREE Illinois College Access Network Conference @ North Park University

JP Paulus will be a co-presenter for a workshop during the Illinois College Access Network conference in Chicago on Thursday, August 1. He will join Jeremy Barahona of PURSUE Scholars to talk about "Developing Faith-Based College Access Partnerships", based on our experience with churches, nonprofits and networking.

The aim of the conference 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.

Other presenters, perhaps familiar to our readers, include Professor Daniel White Hodge from North Park's Center for Youth Ministry Studies.

The conference is free, but they ask that you RSVP, in order to plan for the FREE continental breakfast and lunch. Simply send an e-mail to with basic details (i.e. how many are going, what organization you are with, if any)

The conference is on Thursday, August 1, from 8am - 2pm at North Park University, 3225 W. Foster Avenue (in the Carlson Tower building).  Free parking is available at the lot on the southeast corner of Kedzie and Foster.

Here's the 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:
·      Non-Academic Factors in College Readiness, by Anne Deeter, Dominican University
·      Developing Faith-Based College Access Partnerships, by JP Paulus, Do-Gooder Consulting
10:30 – 11:30am     Break-out Sessions:
·      Transitional Experiences of Illinois Males, Dr. Lorenzo Baber, University of Illinois
·      Three Years Later: Findings from the ISAC Corps, by  Illinois Student Assistance Commission
11:45 – 12:45pm     Break-out Sessions:
·      Hip Hop Culture and the Aspirations of Youth, by Dr. Daniel White Hodge, North Park University
·      Professional Development on a Budget, panel presentation on creative& cost-effective staff development
12:45 – 2:00pm       Lunch& Keynote Presentation by The College Board:
                                    “The Educational Crisis Facing Young Men of Color

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 872-22-8008.

We look forward to seeing you!