In September 2018, Ryan Banks Academy opened its doors with our first class of 7th grade students. We prepare motivated students from Chicago neighborhoods to graduate from college, enter into meaningful careers, and be the catalyst to bring positive change into their communities. Join us as we transform urban education!
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Charitable Selfishness for Those Without a Bleeding-Heart

RBA's interim board chair, Ryan Lazarus, talks about how supporting Ryan Banks Academy is not only a great thing to do from a humanitarian aspect, but how it makes good economic sense.

Enough is Enough.

This post was written by RBA Advisory Board member Katie Cahnmann, who is a former CPS school counselor. Katie writes about the heartbreak of losing students to gun violence, and what can be done to stop this horrific cycle of violence.

Boarding School Education Made Me Who I Am

Board of Directors member Meggie Cramer talks about her experience attending a boarding school, and why she joined RBA.

The REAL Story Behind Ryan Banks Academy: The Moment That Changed Everything

Learn about the single moment in time that made our founder realize she had no choice - she had to create Ryan Banks Academy, no matter what it took.

Happy Holidays, read our NBC article, and how to win Chicago Bulls tickets...

Learn more about our recent press mention on the NBC Chicago website, and how you can win Chicago Bulls tickets.

How to Get Your Company Involved in Fundraising for the Organization You Love

Guest post by Markita Staples.

Good news travels fast... check out where we've been featured in the media!

RBA has been featured in quite a few news outlets recently - read this post to get the links so that you can find out more about our progress.

Why Fundraising Really Matters

RBA's education director, Trevor Sprague, talks about why fundraising REALLY matters.

Help us raise $20,000 by December 4th!

Learn about how you can help us achieve our current goal to raise $5000 through the Good City Chicago Accelerator program.

What's Michael Strahan got to do with it?

October happenings: learn about a new addition to our team, our encounter with Michael Strahan, and other recent events at RBA.

Meet (Some Of!) The Ryan Banks Academy Ambassadors

Learn about (some of!) the Ryan Banks Academy Ambassadors who have come together to make Ryan Banks Academy possible.

The Story Behind Ryan Banks Academy

In this blog post, RBA founder Valerie Groth talks about how Ryan Banks Academy came into existence and about what the RBA team has been up to over the last year (hint: we've been BUSY!!)