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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Mexican Parents: We Won’t See Our Triplets Graduate (Tucson)

U. S. born children whose parents have been deported or voluntarily returned to their country of origin face an uncertain future. Younger ones go into foster care. The older ones are often left to fend for themselves. In Tucson, some ...

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Persistence pays: 21 graduate from Grand Island Ombudsman program (Grand Island, Neb.)

It’s been a difficult journey for 21 students at the Grand Island Ombudsman Center, but they’ve reached their goal. Those 21 students graduated Monday afternoon at the Center, which is located near the Dollar Tree and Hibbett Sports. One of ...

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Ombudsman Arizona Charter School Students Place in JAG Works Career Development Conference (Phoenix)

The 2016-17 Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) Works Career Development Conference celebrated the achievements of the more than 1,000 youth participating in JAG programs across Arizona. Charter Metro students participated in the WOA Bot-Mania Robotics competition, Team Tower, Mirror Communication, ...

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How Phoenix stopped being worst in the country for teens

Felix Moran strolled through his old west Phoenix neighborhood on a recent sweltering Saturday, stopping again and again to visit with people who wanted to talk. His quick smile and outgoing personality were a magnet. Moran’s charisma wasn’t always such ...

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Inspiring the Next Generation: Why Mentoring Students Matters (Chicago)

Defender Guest Columnist, Johnell Williams Since my first day at Ombudsman four years ago, I have done my best to educate and inspire our students. As an Assistant Dean in the School Support Office and a Sports Director, my philosophy ...

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Recovery In Art (Sioux Falls)

Students at Axtell Park School in Sioux Falls have a unique story to tell, and a unique way to express themselves. The caption beneath one painting reads, “even though I live in a world with hurt I never wilt.” The ...

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Ombudsman Chicago Students Discover Careers in Communications (Chicago)

Students from Ombudsman Chicago’s South and West campuses recently had an opportunity to step outside of the classroom and into the boardroom to get some real-world career experience. Flowers Communications Group (FCG), the marketing and public relations agency for Ombudsman ...

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