Ryan Banks Academy in the Media

Media List

March 2018  Actor/comedian Jeff Garlin hosted a benefit for Ryan Banks Academy in Los Angeles along with actress Sarah Silverman and Tenacious D, actor Jack Black and Kyle Gass’ band

March 2018  Featured in Chicago Woman Magazine

March 2018  Featured in Education Post: A Bullet Took My Student and I Want to Remember Him by Saving Other Lives

March 2018  Featured on the Steve Cochran radio show: Valerie Groth of the Ryan Banks Academy shares all the things they have been up to since her last visit

March 2018  Interviewed on Microsoft TV: Big Shoulders – Valerie Groth, Executive Life Coach and Motivational Speaker and Workshop Facilitator at Valerie Groth LLC and Founder of the Ryan Banks Academy

January 2018  Interviewed for Voyage Chicago: Meet Valerie Groth of Ryan Banks Academy and Valerie Groth in South Loop

December 2017  RBA Founder, Val Groth, published a book entitled “The Power of the Possible: The Dire State of Inner City Education and One Woman’s Revolution to Fix It”

November 2017  Featured as a “Comcast Changemaker”

September 2017  RBA Founder, Val Groth, chosen as top “Chicago Inno on Fire” finalist

April 2017  Hosted an event with actor/comedian Jeff Garlin

April 2017  Featured on the Roe Conn radio show

April 2017  Featured on the Eric and Kathy radio show

April 2017  Featured on Windy City Live

April 2017  Featured on WGN TV

April 2017  Hosted an event with comedian/actor Jeff Garlin

April 2017  Featured on the Steve Cochran radio show: Valerie Groth in-studio discussing The Ryan Banks Academy

December 2016  State finalist in the Samsung Solve For Tomorrow contest

December 2016  Featured in the Chicago Reader: Valerie Groth, the education dreamer – presented by 900 North Michigan Shops

November 2016  RBA Founder, Valerie Groth, referenced in a Chicago Tribune article about innovative education initiatives: “She’s right on the cusp of building something that I think is going to disrupt a lot.”

October 2016  Featured in The Chronicle for Social Change: Victim of Chicago Gun Violence Inspires Creation of Boarding School

July 2016  CBS Chicago: Slain Chicago Boy Inspiration For Boarding School Project

May 2016  RBA Founder was chosen out of almost 1,000 applicants to be a part of the I Am Chicago campaign which looked for “dynamic trail blazers and game changers who embody the passion and innovation of Chicago”; this was a national campaign that included print and digital media as well as being featured on a double decker bus.

April 2016  Published in Chicago Woman: Val Groth of Ryan Banks Academy

December 2015  Published on the Chicago NBC website: CPS Social Worker Wins Grant for Urban Academy

July 2015  Former CPS Social Worker Awarded 20k Grant to Launch Chicago’s First Boarding School to Serve Inner-City Youth


Jeff Garlin On Ryan Banks Academy

Jeff Garlin Interview

Are you curious why a boarding school is the answer? Learn more about Eagle Rock and Chinquapin, two exceptional boarding schools that Ryan Banks Academy will be closely modeled after.

RBA will be Chicago’s first boarding school. However, a handful of lucky Chicago students have had the honor of attending boarding schools through scholarship programs. Watch this video to learn why these students believe in the boarding school model, and why they strongly think that there needs to be one in Chicago.

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