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Tested in 2017: 20-year-old grad wants to ‘keep moving forward’ (Sioux Falls)

At 16, Elio Cortez was ready to drop out of high school. He was a year behind academically, and he was surrounded by friends who all felt school was a waste of time. Not long after his 17th birthday, Cortez ...

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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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Arizona Charter Student Q&A: Jesus, Jose and Maria Chua-Laborin (Charter Valencia, Tucson)

Jesus, Jose and Maria Chua-Laborin are 17-year-old triplets from Tucson , where they reside with relatives, as their parents live and work in Mexico. These three exceptional students are on track to graduate from Ombudsman Arizona Charter Valencia in 2016 ...

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Students Celebrate Women Empowerment (Chicago)

Students and faculty came together to celebrate Women’s Empowerment at Ombudsman Chicago by paying homage to influential women history makers and recognizing their notable contributions. Ombudsman students created wall murals and collages to share their own perspectives on the significance ...

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Ombudsman Helps Empower Today’s Youth (Chicago)

As Women’s History Month ends, Ombudsman Chicago continues to help inspire the next generation of African American leaders, especially young women. Ombudsman students like Imani Tiney and Monica Watson are carrying the torch and leading by example for other youth. ...

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Education is helping me overcome obstacles to pursue my dreams (Phoenix)

I was born and raised in Phoenix by a family that supported my dreams. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and mine was strong, led by my loving grandmother. Despite the circumstances that can happen in ...

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Omsbudman Charter School: Paying it forward to troubled teens (Tucson, Ariz.)

The first few years of my life would be considered normal by most standards. I was born and raised in Phoenix by two caring and dedicated parents who met when they worked together as elementary school teachers. My mother had ...

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Tu Si Vales: Lecciones de Vida de una Madre Adolecente (Phoenix)

Yo tenía 13 años y estaba en el séptimo grado cuando descubrí que estaba embarazada. Yo tenía tanto miedo y me preguntaba, “¿Cómo podía dejar que esto pasara?” Ciertamente, yo sabía lo que estaba haciendo, pero yo nunca esperaba en ...

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Life Lessons From A Teen Mom – You Are Worth It! (Phoenix)

I was 13 years old and in seventh grade when I found out I was pregnant. I was terrified and asking myself, “How could this happen?” Certainly, I knew what I was doing, but I never expected to get pregnant ...

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Why I Give Back: Serving My Country and My Community (Ombudsman Chicago)

The holiday season is a time to be thankful for what we have, and to pay it forward by giving back. Although this is something we can all do throughout the year, I wanted to take a moment this holiday ...

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