Oink Featured In Citizen Newspaper
The Oink Group was featured on the cover of the Citizen Newspaper one of the oldest newspapers distributed in Chicago south side neighborhoods and south suburbs.
In the article and live podcast Oink's CEO Tom Lewis talked about the role of the parent in the college planning process and how parents can leverage Oink's - College Prep for Parents , Oink Group Scholarship, and College Tours 4Parents Programs.
Oink Groups' CEO/Founder Featured in Heart & Soul Magazine
Increasing College Graduation Rates and Decreasing Student Loans
By Taroue Brooks
What is your company’s mission?
Our mission is to increase college graduation rates and decrease the borrowing of student loans in underserved communities through parent engagement.
Tell us about a success story that was a direct result of your company.
We have many success stories. One that really stayed with me is when we did a workshop on The 5 Stages of College Planning at a Parent Action Council in Chicago and months later we received follow up calls from parents sharing that after showing their children that they had started a college scholarship account and telling them they were going to go to college their children interest in school drastically increased. They saw their children grades move upward and some shared they were able to leverage the college readiness information which allowed them to lead their children opposed to pulling them.
Who is the perfect candidate or partner and why?
The perfect candidate is a parent with a new born child because time is on their side. They will be able to take advantage of all the benefits we offer through our program. Over the next 17 years they will receive birthday scholarships, 5% back on their savings in the form of scholarships, they’ll be able to take advantage of college readiness events at every learning stage of their child’s development which will lead to a positive impact in their child’s school performance, giving them the best chance of receiving a full-ride to college through our College Prep 4Parents Program.
What advice do you have for parents that want to prepare for their children’s education?
The advice I would give to parents is to learn as much about college readiness as possible. Research has shown that the college readiness process begins the minute children are born. The things we take for granted such as listening skills, reading comprehension, writing, speech, and communication skills are vital. They impact the child’s performance in school as early as preschool. Raising highly capable children is a process and demands the parents attention. Parents that invest in understanding college readiness are rewarded with high performing children and high performing children are rewarded with scholarships.
Today many are finding it hard to navigate through this tough financial climate. The stock market is up one day down the next. College graduate student loans can be as high as a $100k, accompanied with a 25-40 year repayment term. Baby boomers retiring with $50k in savings, putting us in whats called the Sandwich Generation - families stuck in the middle and having to choose who they are going to help out financially this month their parents or their children.
If you are an individual, family, or organization and are looking for a financial partner to help you navigate through these tough times, someone who has resources that you can leverage, to your benefit, The Oink Group can be that partner. We are a independently owned and operated boutique financial services firm. We work for you. We realize that your challenges are unique as well as your goals and dreams. We built this company just for you. We can customize our programs to meet your needs and help you get what you want.
Contact us today to start living the life you want to lead.
Oink Group Inc. was founded in 2011 in Oak Park, Illinois by two financial consultants with over 20 years of combined experience and has since then grown into a full service boutique financial services firm.
Oink Group Receives Molina Healthcare Community Champion Of The Year Award
Oink Group received the Molina Healthcare Community Champions Of The Year Award. The Oink Group was also recognized with a Congressional letter from U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth for providing scholarship opportunities to institutions for higher learning to families in under-served communities.