Ryan Banks Academy is an independent and coeducational college-preparatory, residential, tuition-free middle and high school that will 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.
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Seeking Innovative, Cutting Edge Chicago Company with Downtown Space to Incubate Nonprofit Startup School
located in, or with close proximity to Chicago's Loop
WHO YOU ARE:
THE STORY BEHIND RYAN BANKS ACADEMY:

Founded after Ryan Banks who was shot and killed at the age of 12, Ryan Banks Academy is a 501(c)3 building Chicago's first boarding school for urban youth. We will launch with our first class of 20 7th grade students in Fall 2018.

WHO WE ARE:

RBA was founded by Valerie Groth, a former CPS social worker who holds advanced degrees in psychology, social work, and educational leadership. Valerie has recruited over 30 Board members and volunteers who live both locally in Chicago as well as around the globe who believe in the RBA mission and philosophy. Our Board of Directors and Advisory Board consist of nonprofit management consultants, social enterprise CEOs, individuals with urban teaching experience, individuals who have successfully founded their own educational institution, individuals who have experience with fundraising and finances, real estate professionals, and many with startup experience.

THE PRESSING NEED IN CHICAGO:
ABOUT OUR CURRICULUM AND MODEL:
OUR CURRENT CHALLENGE AROUND HOUSING:

Our long term plan involves new construction for our permanent location so that our students can stay at RBA 24/7, but that won't happen until 2021. We need space sooner, so that we can give deserving Chicago students an exceptional education in the meantime! Our first three years we will be a day school/boarding school hybrid model, where our students attend class only at RBA (staying with their families while in Chicago) and our school year will also include multiple longer, extended field trips which will allow our students to explore new environments and cultures.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

We are requesting proposals from companies who wish to house us for classroom space for 1-3 years. We have the following space needs:

MANDATORY SPACE NEEDS:
"WISH LIST" SPACE NEEDS:
TOP 9 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SUBMIT AN RFP TO HOST RYAN BANKS ACADEMY:
  1. "Get us inside, and we will get you outside!" Our students will be experts at team building and will be able to facilitate challenge ed courses for your staff members.
    Benefit to you: Adventure learning in the wilderness is a big part of our model—and something that few inner city youth or downtown Chicago corporate employees rarely get the chance to do. These activities provide participants with unique problem solving opportunities for self-discovery, physical challenge, risk-taking, and group support. We would love for your employees to join us on these excursions.
  2. Mindfulness and meditation workshops, at your fingertips
    Benefit to you: Target, Google, Ford, and Aetna have a budget just for teaching mindful- ness and meditation to their employees! Aetna finds that since implementing their program, they have saved an average of $2000 per employee on healthcare and have gained $3000 per employee in productivity! Meditation is a focal point of our curriculum, and our students (and staff) will be trained to guide your employees through mindfulness exercises.
  3. Tax write off
    Benefit to you: Cha-ching! An increase to your bottom line.
  4. Mentoring opportunities:
    Benefit to you: You get to the honor of being a significant part of the life of one or more of our amazing students. Plus, as a bonus: research shows that when we give to others, in return we get:
    • Lower blood pressure
    • Greater self-esteem
    • Less depression
    • Lower stress levels
    • Longer life
    • Increased happiness
  5. Because you know your employee refrigerator could stand a good cleaning:
    Benefit to you: Did you know that in Japan, schools do not employee janitors? Rather, students regularly chip in to help keep their school in tiptop shape. Community service is highly emphasized at RBA, and we would love to help keep your office space clean, as well.
  6. Great PR for your company:
    Benefit to you: Ryan Banks Academy has received local and national press for our innovative model and for being a solution to the issues plaguing Chicago relating to poverty, violence, and inequities in education. We want to bring you along for the ride! We have been featured everywhere from NBC to the side of a double decker bus for our ground breaking work and we would love nothing more than to talk about your amazing company everywhere we go—from our website, to marketing materials, to the next time we appear on live TV!
  7. High tea, modeled after i.c. stars (a successful nonprofit founded by an RBA board member):
    Benefit to you: We will host a weekly high tea for our students with a special guest who will be anyone from a CEO to the mayor. That means more positive (free!) exposure to these high profile individuals to your company.
  8. Did we mention that you are changing lives?
    Benefit to you: Ryan Banks Academy is not just another school. This is a bold, audacious, Elon-Musk-going-to-Mars mission we are talking about. You get to sleep better knowing you are helping to transform the lives of incredible students who will may grow up to be the scientist that cures cancer one day, AND you get to be a part of something big.
  9. Fill in the blank based on your company needs: ___________________________________
    Let's get creative! We can't wait to brainstorm with you about other ways that RBA can give back to your workplace!
RFP PROCESS—STEPS, TIMELINE, MILESTONES

Please send any additional questions to valerie@ryanbanksacademy.org. And, sharing [about helping Chicago youth] is caring! Please feel free to share this with any outstanding organizations you know who may be interested in submitting an RFP.

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