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Operation Graduation 2015: Hipolito Hernandez (Phoenix)

Hello…My name is Hipolito Hernandez, and I am from West Charter. In lieu of David Letterman retiring this year, I thought I’d start out with the TOP 5 things I will NOT miss at Ombudsman. I am sure the graduates ...

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Operation Graduation 2015: Destiny Wright (Chicago)

Determination to overcome life’s obstacles is echoed by 20-year-old West Side native, Destiny Wright. When Destiny came to Ombudsman in September 2014, she had only 4.5 of the 24 credits needed to earn a CPS high school diploma. Losing her ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Operation Graduation 2015: Kate Speare (North Harlem, Ill.)

These past few months at Ombudsman have truly helped prepare me for life as a young adult in the real world. Ombudsman gave me an amazing experience that widened my knowledge and gave me the tools to succeed. Before Ombudsman, ...

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Operation Graduation 2015: Marty Sebrell (EdTrek, Holt, Mich.)

My life before EdTrek was a difficult one; being in the high school was not for me. I have been deaf in my right ear since I was born. Therefore, I have always had to deal with that, and I’m ...

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Operation Graduation 2015 is Here!

You’re invited to a celebration! Please join Ombudsman for “Operation Graduation” as we honor the members of the Class of 2015. Operation Graduation is our annual salute to Ombudsman students who have earned their diploma. Throughout May and June, we’ll ...

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Operation Graduation 2014 Winners Announced!

A guest post from Ombudsman’s Chief Operating Officer Rudolph Flores. I am excited to announce the winners of Operation Graduation 2014, and before I do, I would like to recognize the operations managers, center directors and center staff who made ...

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Reversing Cycle of Teen Unemployment (Chicago)

Truth B Told | EDUCATION NATION   Special Correspondent: B. Flowers A Chicago Public Schools Options School (not a charter), Ombudsman Chicago opened in August 2013 and offers teens a second chance at achieving academic success while preparing them for ...

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Operation Graduation Essay: Ombudsman Saved My Life (DeKalb, Ill.)

My name is Christian Vargas. I have attended high school for 6 years, and will graduate with the class of 2014. After looking back at those years I realized how much of my struggles made me the person I am today. ...

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