UPDATE: The Aurora Public Schools Rebound program was recognized by America’s Promise Alliance and ING as a contributing factor in the selection of Aurora, Colorado as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People. On Sept. 21, Aurora and the other winners were recognized at a ceremony at the Washington Monument.
Ombudsman works with Aurora Public Schools in Colorado to increase graduation rates and reduce dropout rates through a program called Ombudsman Rebound.
Superintendent John Barry has said about the program:
“It’s the philosophy of choice in our school district and second chances because everybody takes detours in life. And when those happen the real credit is to these students today who have tremendous courage to be able to came back to finish their studies and get their degree.”
Ombudsman Rebound students are candid as they share their personal stories in this moving video, produced by Dave Shirley.
More about the program from the APS website:
The Ombudsman Rebound Program, created in September 2008 to help at-risk students, represents a partnership involving Aurora Public Schools, the Colorado Coalition of Faith, Community College of Aurora, Colorado Youth for a Change and Ombudsman Educational Services.
In addition to academics, the program provides support to students through behavior intervention, social skills training and life management skills. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in the Community College of Aurora to earn college credits while they complete their high school courses.
Rebound Ombudsman provides personalized instruction in a technology-rich environment that enables students to progress at their own pace. A condensed school day which is shorter than a traditional day accommodates students’ family and work responsibilities.