Christmas with Family and Friends

Operation Graduation 2015: Ivan Torres (Chicago Northwest)

A good old friend of mine brought me to Ombudsman. His name is Tommy Hack, and it all happened by fate as it seemed that I talked to him about school. It started on a snowy winter day right after New Year. My parents were on vacation in Mexico and they left me all alone

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Be brave

Operation Graduation 2015: Elijah Hamilton (Chicago)

For many Ombudsman students, the journey to receiving their diploma has been complicated. West Side native, 18-year-old Elijah Hamilton, stopped going to school twice and attributes a large portion of his success in overcoming life’s obstacles to the support system he found at Ombudsman. “I initially dropped out because I was tired of all the

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Ombudsman Chicago Celebrates Women's History Month

Ombudsman Chicago Celebrates Women’s History Month

Empowering the next generation of female leaders According to a 2014 report on the state of self-esteem, the majority of teen girls (seven in ten) believe that they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way. Reinforcing a healthy self-image within educational settings can be crucial to the growth and development for

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Ombudsman Chicago student filling out a FAFSA application

Ace The FAFSA Application With These Tips (Chicago)

Financing a college education has become a critical component in making higher education a possibility for most families. Through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), colleges around the country determine the amount of financial aid they will award to students. To assist students through the application process Ombudsman Chicago, in conjunction with Ladder

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Courtney Gousman and Student Baron Bass

My Child is Failing High School, What Should I do? (Chicago)

TBTNEWS REPORT Tips from a Chicago Parent: The first semester is complete for most high school students across the country. Now that the school year has hit the halfway mark and report cards have been sent out, more than a few parents might find themselves coming to the realization that their child is failing high

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Male graduates with principal

A safety net for dropouts catches others (Chicago)

In 2012 Chicagoans got some harsh news: there were 56,000 high school dropouts under 21 –enough to fill Soldier Field. “At the time, we had 5,300 seats to serve them,” said Jennifer Vidis, the head of alternative schools for Chicago Public Schools.  Over the last two years, the district brought that number up to 12,000.

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Chicago Breakfast

Ombudsman Chicago Honors Supportive Community with Breakfast

As a thank you to supportive community stakeholders, Ombudsman Chicago South, 6057 S. Western Ave., held a celebratory breakfast last week where Ombudsman Chicago South and Ombudsman Educational Services personnel joined Chicago Public Schools (CPS) representatives, Ombudsman Chicago South students, and community members to acknowledge the progress the school has made thus far. Ombudsman Chicago

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Ombudsman to Host Grand Opening of South Side Learning Center (Chicago)

TBT News Update Ombudsman Chicago will celebrate the grand opening of its South Side Options School. The two-part grand opening on October 9 will include a ribbon cutting ceremony from 10 – 11 a.m. featuring keynote speaker Alderman JoAnn Thompson and a community open house from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Alderman Thompson is a strong supporter

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