All the Way from Chile….

As most of us are hunkered down in Chicago braving the cold, we thought it would be the perfect time to bring you some warmth from one of RBA’s team members who is currently stationed in sunny Santiago, Chile! Please read on to hear Kendra’s story of how...

“There’s A Million Things We Haven’t Done, Just You Wait…”

In January 2018 I went to see the musical Hamilton for the first time.  Like millions before me, I was blown away by the music but also incredibly inspired.  Hamilton is a powerful story of resilience, and it drives home the idea that truly anything is possible when...

The #1 Easiest Way to Help RBA

RBA has partnered with Shopping Gives and now anytime you shop anywhere online (and we mean anywhere) , RBA gets between 2-9% back while you also get savings! There are 750 retailers on this site – everything from Nordstrom to Target to Best Buy to even hotels...

Behind The Scenes At RBA: From Baseball Player To Board Member

The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child; the question is whether we can afford not to. – Marian Wright Edelman Dear Ryan Banks Academy Family, In continuing our “Behind the Scenes at RBA” theme, I want to introduce myself...

Meet RBA’s Head of School

Chicago just had our first snowfall, and walking down Michigan Avenue you’ll likely see a flurry of red as the ubiquitous Starbucks holiday cups become commonplace this time of year. That vision reminded me of where I was at this time, last year: camped out in a...

RBA Featured in the Chicago Tribune

After opening our doors in September, the first semester of Ryan Banks Academy has been flying by! We wanted to share a few photos with you (see above) of some of the exciting things our students have been up to over the last month.  RBA students recently visited the...

Why Fundraising Really Matters

By Trevor Sprague, Ryan Banks Academy Director of Education Ryan Banks Academy has been going through some amazing and inspiring times lately.  Our corps of volunteers has grown and solidified into a truly capable and motivated agent for positive change....