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Dropout Prevention & Recovery

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 ...

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Empowering The Next Generation of Female Leaders

Ombudsman Chicago is a Chicago Public Schools Options School Program that offers out-of-school and off-track teens a second chance at academic achievement. With three convenient locations on the Northwest, West and South Sides, Ombudsman is working with students throughout the ...

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President’s Academy Helps Students Earn High School Diplomas (Sioux Falls)

Thousands of KELOLAND students will walk across the graduation stage this month, but two of those students say they are especially proud of their diplomas. The President’s Academy in Sioux Falls breaks down barriers for young men and women and ...

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2016 Offers a Fresh Start for Ombudsman Chicago Graduates

Just weeks into 2016, the year has already been rewarding for Ronnesha Whitfield, Isiah Spann and Inocencio Lorenzo and more than 44 Ombudsman Chicago students who have earned their Chicago Public Schools high school diploma. “We are extremely pleased with ...

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Five Strategies to Reach Arizona’s Disconnected Youth (Phoenix)

In recent years, Arizona has led the nation in high school dropout rates; and in Phoenix alone, more than 45,000 young people (16 – 24 years of age) are either not currently enrolled in school or not working. These numbers ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Sioux Falls alternative school students’ friendship helps teen after loss of family

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — A South Dakota teenager who lost three family members in the past three years is finding support in a friendship at her new alternative high school. Alicia Salazar’s mother died three years ago during Alicia’s ...

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Open Letter to Parents: Reversing the Dropout Effect by Dr. Chaun Johnson (Chicago)

The Electronic Urban Report Looking Past Prevention: Facing the School Dropout Dilemma Dear Parents, Each year more than three million students across the country will leave school without earning a high school diploma. Will your child be one of them? Dropout ...

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CPS Helps Dropouts Finish High School (Chicago)

WTTW Chicago Tonight Since launching the Student Outreach and Re-engagement centers, or SOAR, Chicago Public Schools has helped 170 former high school dropouts earn their diplomas. The centers provide motivation and training to prepare students for the return to the ...

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