BMO Harris Bank Invests in At-Risk Youth Program

BMO Harris Bank

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BMO HARRIS BANK INVESTS IN AT-RISK YOUTH PROGRAM: DONATION MADE TO LYDIA URBAN ACADEMY Rockford, IL (December 11, 2012) – BMO Harris Bank makes a contribution to LYDIA Urban Academy, a drop-out prevention and recovery program, where students have second chance to earn their high school diploma. Andrea Ward, Rockford Market President of BMO Harris Bank congratulates the academy on such

LYDIA Urban Academy Receives $20k Surprise


ROCKFORD (WIFR) – LYDIA Urban Academy has received a check, from a donor who would like to remain anonymous, for $20,000. The much needed donation will help the academy to continue providing high school students a second chance to earn their diploma. “At first, I didn’t think I was seeing the right amount of zeros on the check,” says Lynne Strathman Director of LUA,“but

LYDIA students shine at their open house & Ribbon Cutting

Opeh House Pic-USE

Rockford, IL (October 15, 2012) – LYDIA Urban Academy would like to say a special thank you to their students for making a great impression on the community during their Open House and Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Thursday, October 18, 2012. Nearly one hundred community partners and friends came to the open house and all of them were impacted by the students. Each student

LYDIA Urban Academy students learn first aid

Lydia Rockford learns first aid

ROCKFORD — Mandy Ross, principal of the LYDIA Urban Academy in Chicago, will teach first aid to students at Rockford’s LYDIA Urban Academy (LUA), 223 S. Winnebago St., third floor, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today. Lynne Strathman, executive director of LUA, said, “This training is intended to prepare students for future success by teaching them skills that others may not have. It

Sponsor a Rockford Urban Academy Student

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As with many faith based organizations, there are numerous regulatory and financial challenges, but our school is having great success helping students change the trajectory of their lives and move on to being responsible, productive citizens. In addition to regular classes, students are given instruction in workplace preparedness with focus on things like learning how to fill out applications, interview well and learning what