A key component of the North Lawndale Kinship Initiative is to connect the talents and expertise from members of Old St. Pat’s to the North Lawndale community.
Two interesting opportunities have emerged with our sister parish, St .Agatha’s. St .Agatha’s School needs help developing a marketing plan to boost enrollment, fundraise, and upgrade curricular resources.
Volunteer professionals in Marketing, Resource Development and Fundraising are needed for a few hours per month during the 2012 – 2013 school year. This ministry can greatly benefit and advance St. Agatha’s School and the Kinship Initiative. If you have this expertise and would like to volunteer for these project, please contact Vincent L. Guider, Old St. Pat’s Kinship Initiative Director at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 312.798.2374.
Project: Providing Marketing Assistance to St. Agatha’s School
Leaders of St. Agatha’s School say they need to attract 15 new students per year. One way the Old St. Pat’s community could help in this effort is to work cooperatively with the St. Agatha School staff and leaders in developing a marketing plan designed to help the school reach their target audience. St. Agatha’s already has a brochure and a method for attracting students, but — like any effort — it would certainly benefit from new perspectives.
No doubt within the Old St. Pat’s community there are members who have knowledge and professional background in marketing and who are willing to share these skills to add value to St. Agatha’s efforts to reach more families. This is a great opportunity for Old St. Pat’s members to use their professional skills in service to our sister parish in North Lawndale.
The first step in this project will be a visit to St. Agatha’s School to gain a better understanding of how the school functions and the benefits it offers.
Number of volunteers needed: Two to three to work in partnership with the St. Agatha School staff and leaders in developing a marketing plan to attract more students
Duration of Project: Three to six months.
Project: Fundraising Assistance to St. Agatha’s School
St. Agatha’s School needs students. In order to attract students; however, there needs to be some kind of tuition subsidy, estimated by St. Agatha’s to be in the range of $1,500 per student per year. If we are to help St. Agatha’s School attract students, we also need to increase the subsidy pool.
The task is to develop a fundraising plan. We invite Old St. Pat’s members who have fundraising experience, either as professional fundraisers or as fundraising consultants, to utilize their skills and experience in partnership with our sister parish St. Agatha’s in North Lawndale.
The first step in this project will be to visit St. Agatha’s School to get a better understanding of how the school functions and the benefits it offers.
Number of volunteers needed: Three to five to work in partnership with the St. Agatha’s School staff and leaders to develop and implement a fundraising strategy.
Duration of Project: Three to six months.
Opportunity: North Lawndale College Prep Senior Project
“Compassion is always, at its most authentic, about a shift from the cramped world of self preoccupation into a more expansive place of fellowship, of true kinship.”
Gregory Boyle “Tattoos on the Heart”
There is nothing more beautiful than helping a young person discover she or he is smart, inquisitive and resilient. Adults who have assisted young people on this journey to academic mastery are forever touched for they have entered into true kinship.
Last year, more than 50 volunteers from Old St. Pat’s helped students from North Lawndale College Prep (NLCP) complete their Senior Project. Senior Project is NLCP’s high school version of a master’s thesis. During the Senior Project, students practice college-level work through an extended, self-directed deep-dive into a single driving question. As there are 200 seniors participating in this project, 200 volunteers are needed to serve as experts, mentors, and panelists.
Can you help? The commitment is modest:
- One meeting on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 from 11 a.m – 1:30 p.m.;
- One meeting on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 11 a.m – 1:30 p.m.;
- A one-hour meeting sometime during either March 25 – 29, 2013 or April 23 – 24, 2013.
Only six hours, but a chance to substantially improve a student’s chances of college success. For more information and to sign-up to volunteer, please go to www.nlcphs.org and click the Senior Project link.
NLCP will host a Senior Project information meeting at the NLCP Collins campus at1313 S. Sacramento, Chicago, on Thursday September 20, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. Please come and see examples of previous years’ Senior Projects as this is an excellent opportunity to have all your questions answered and meet the students. But be forewarned, to meet them is to begin true kinship.