Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Visits Ombudsman Chicago South

At the beginning of this school year, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago Public Schools Interim Chief Executive Officer José Torres & Interim Chief Education Officer Maurice Swinney, and other district officials joined us at Ombudsman Chicago South as Mayor Lightfoot conducted her press conference for the first day of school. At the press conference, Mayor Lightfoot

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Ombudsman Chicago students and staff standing in a group behind a table with stacks of thanksgiving meals in to-go containers

The Season of Giving at Ombudsman

Ombudsman campuses around the country are embracing the giving spirit this holiday season. While our Ombudsman staff and educators get to witness our students do great things every day of the year, we want to make sure to recognize and share some of the extra special and selfless efforts our students have put forth this

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21st Annual Chicago Football Classic

September 2018 Pictured above: Team with current Chicago City Colleges Chancellor, Juan Salgado. The 21st Annual Chicago Football Classic was held Saturday September 22nd at Soldier Field, with a match-up between Morehouse College and Miles College. The event features football teams of two historically black colleges and universities; and was founded to encourage black youth

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Group photo standing in front of a step-and-repeat banner. Individuals pictured, left to right: Sue Fila, Rudy Flores, Audry Blinstrup (Ombudsman South Principal), Michael Wilson (UCAN), Chez Smith (Gyrls in the Hood Foundation), Katarzyna Petek (East West University), Carlos Estes and Ralph Thompson.

Second Annual Ombudsman Chicago Community Partner Summit

Ombudsman Chicago hosted the Second Annual Community Partner Summit on August 16 at our South Campus. The summit is an opportunity for Ombudsman and our community partners to come together for professional development, sharing information, and to discuss what services at-risk youth in Chicago need to feel supported and be successful in their educational efforts.

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More than 225 students graduate from Ombudsman Chicago

From ABC7 News: On Friday night, at Austin College and Career Academy, more than 225 students graduated from Ombudsman Chicago’s three campuses around the city. Students around Chicago are celebrating graduation and looking forward to a brighter future. “This diploma is the start of how great my future will be.  It is also a start

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Tips on Avoiding a Dropout Dilemma

In the United States, 7,000 high school students drop out every day. That’s more than two kids per minute. In Los Angeles County, dropout rates have improved in the last few years, with a 75% graduation rate in 2016 for LAUSD but while many parents may think it could never happen to their child, if

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4 Star Chicagoan: Gyrls in the H.O.O.D. | Ombudsman Chicago (VIDEO)

On Windy City Live’s news segment, “4 Star Chicagoan”, Ombudsman Chicago was mentioned by one of our community partners. Chez Smith, founder of “Gyrls in the H.O.O.D.” explained the new mentoring program with Degrees before Diapers that will be starting at Ombudsman Chicago in November. The new partnership is mentioned around 5:40. Description of the

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Five Ombudsman Chicago Grads Receive College Scholarships

Five members of Ombudsman Chicago’s class of 2017 earned $221,000 in college scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $80,000 and were recognized at Ombudsman’s graduation June 16th. The five are among 150 graduates this year. Jacara Hampton received $2,500 and will attend Western Illinois University in Bloomington. Hampton, who was 19 years old and had three

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