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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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Nine graduate at Ombudsman midterm graduation (Grand Island, Neb.)

“Unbelievable.” That is the one word Ricardo Erives used to describe earning a high school diploma; a moment he thought would never be possible. On Wednesday, Erives achieved his goal of earning his diploma, alongside eight other graduates during the ...

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Ombudsman Chicago celebrates 100 percent college acceptance rate (Chicago)

With the fall here and students back in classrooms, more than 200 graduates that recently earned their Chicago Public Schools high school diploma through Ombudsman Chicago are embarking on new and exciting beginnings. In just its third year in Chicago, ...

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