Tag: Chicago

Operation Graduation 2015: Stephanie Tsoutsos (Chicago Northwest)

Ombudsman Chicago takes a multi-layer approach to violence prevention

Members of the CPS Ombudsman Option School planted flower seedlings in honor of Violence Prevention Week at the Police Department. Then some of the students read anti-violence poems, while Interim-Chief of Police Dennis McEnerney, Deputy Chief Joseph Penze, Deputy Chief ...

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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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Ombudsman Chicago Celebrates Women’s History Month

Empowering the next generation of female leaders According to a 2014 report on the state of self-esteem, the majority of teen girls (seven in ten) believe that they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way. Reinforcing ...

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Ace The FAFSA Application With These Tips (Chicago)

Financing a college education has become a critical component in making higher education a possibility for most families. Through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), colleges around the country determine the amount of financial aid they will award ...

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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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Ombudsman Chicago Honors Supportive Community with Breakfast

As a thank you to supportive community stakeholders, Ombudsman Chicago South, 6057 S. Western Ave., held a celebratory breakfast last week where Ombudsman Chicago South and Ombudsman Educational Services personnel joined Chicago Public Schools (CPS) representatives, Ombudsman Chicago South students, ...

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