>Operation HOPE Wants to Make Smart Cool With $250k from Pepsi!

>Always looking to support a worthy cause, a good organization, and a moving thought…today I received news that Operation HOPE is in the running to win $250,000 in the Pepsi Refresh Everything competition. So you know I voted immediately, posted on Twitter and Facebook, sent out emails to everyone I could think of, and now I’m blogging it! All we have to do is VOTE for Operation HOPE…it only takes 3 minutes and you can vote every day during the month of May…I will! I’m also posting the voting widget on my blog and website for the entire month of May.

Here’s an overview of Operation HOPE and 5MK copied from their Pepsi Refresh Voting page:

In America’s low income communities, the high school dropout rate can soar as high as 75%. The FIVE MILLION KIDS (5MK) Initiative seeks to change that. 5MK was started by Operation HOPE to reduce the number of students dropping out of our  schools. 

5MK will bring financial literacy to teens and their parents, guardians and teachers through Operation HOPE’s Banking on our Future (BOOF) and adult economic literacy education programs. By giving students practical lessons that teach “the language of money” and demonstrating the importance of school through celebrity involvement, community support and specially designed entrepreneurial opportunities, 5MK will empower teens to see the relevance of education to the pursuit of their dreams. 

Led by co-chairs Ambassador Andrew Young, a senior advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, and music icon Quincy Jones, 5MK strives to inspire families and communities to get involved with the lives of our youth and Make Smart Cool.

Their goals are:

  • Educate 160,000 low wealth youth and adults in financial literacy
  • Recruit 2,000 volunteers to teach financial literacy across the U.S.
  • Enlist grassroots leaders to help reverse high school dropout rates

How will the 250K be Used?

Budget Notes: Project costs include items such as salaries for staff members, printing BOOF curriculum, recruiting and training volunteers, and making continued upgrades to the Banking on Our Future.org online educational website.
$ 205,000 Project costs for BOOF and adult financial literacy programs
$ 45,000 Accounting, administration and other indirect costs    

So what are you waiting on? Go vote!


>Updated my Website

>Finally…I have updated my website http://natashaforeman.info with current information about yours truly, and the consulting services you know you want and need!

I initially launched the site to appease a few folks who missed my G4 Consulting Group, site…and for a couple of other reasons. Eventually I will develop a model site that is more comprehensive of the business structures I have and that I’m currently working on, but until then ‘what you see is what you get‘…

Let me address some questions since I have your attention:

1. Yes, I work with small and mid-sized businesses, with freelance consultants and solo practitioners.

2. Yes, I can work at your office (or home office) or at mine.

3. Yes, there are discounts if I work at my home office…so consider that option, especially since I work varied hours and the more flexibility I have the easier it will be for me to complete your project!

4. No, I don’t just work with businesses and solo practitioners, I also work with everyday working folk who need help with their home and/or home office; they need help with balancing their responsibilities; they need to delegate but don’t know where to go and with whom to speak. There’s an easy solution to that problem…it’s me!

5. Yes, my services are affordable. I will say that I’m not the perfect fit for everyone. You will get what you pay for. So the more efficient, effective and efficacious your expectations, the more you should consider and want to invest in your future (whether personally or professionally).

Simply put, don’t expect $5k(+) monthly service on a $500 per month budget.
I’m also not saying that just because your budget is $500/month you should expect anything less than superb work from me…but privileges and services are of course more restrictive. Don’t expect the “hook-up” and free services. I don’t give hand-outs.
So be reasonable and logical folks! I hope that all makes sense.

Now let’s continue shall we?

6. No, I don’t have a list of rates. My services are not “cookie cutter“, each client and each project is different…so after assessing your needs in relation to other variables I then provide you with a proposal outlining the services I can provide and your associated cost or “investment” if you like the play on words.

Hope I answered your questions, I look forward to the feedback, and if anyone wants to invest the added time and creativity of developing a site for me…”Give me the hook-up…especially on a flash site” haaaaa

Seriously, check out the site. It’s for informational purposes only (hence the “.info” following my name) and for current clients to log-in and conduct online business with me. For specific details on rates, availability, a complete list of services, etc please visit the site and shoot me an email.

Natasha L. Foreman

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