October 2014

After School Matters CEO Update

Dear friends:


As we approach our Summer program cycle, I want to let you know how excited and encouraged I am by what I see in Chicago's teens. Here at After School Matters, we advocate for teens in an ongoing effort to help all of Chicago see them not as problems, but as solutions. Stop by and visit us this summer, talk to our teens, and you'll see what I mean. On behalf of the nearly 15,000 unique teens that After School Matters has reached this past year, I thank you for your support.



Mary Ellen Caron, Chief Executive Officer

This Summer with After School Matters


After School Matters will provide 8,000 teen opportunities through apprenticeship and internship programs all across Chicago this summer. Some slots are still available...search and apply at 


  • From June 23 through August 8, stop by Millennium Park and visit After School Matters 'under the tents' on Wrigley Square and Chase Promenade South! 
  • Get ready for our Summer Teen Cuisine lunch buffet series(photo above) hosted by the Downtown Culinary program on the Terrace at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts. Save one of the below dates and watch for an online invitation with more details! Reservations will be requested.
    • July 11, 18, 25
    • August 1, 6
Citywide Showcase Success!

On April 9, after much hard work and preparation, nearly 500 Chicago teens wrapped up our School Year program cycle by displaying their skills and talents at the After School Matters Citywide Showcase, held at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Check out our photo album here!

Support After School Matters!
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After School Matters In the News

Check out WGN's moving profile of our tech program in Bronzeville. Our teens are addressing youth violence, overcoming obstacles and achieving success.



CNN names After School Matters one of '5 Ways You Can Make Chicago Stronger!'Check out the story HERE.

'On the Table' with our Community

On Monday, May 12, After School Matters hosted a powerful evening of conversation with teens, instructors, staff and more as part of The Chicago Community Trust's 'On the Table' series to discuss solutions for Chicago. Check out some photos HERE.

Teen Stipend Increase for School Year Programs

A very generous gift of $25 million from George Lucas and our Board Chair, Mellody Hobson, through the George Lucas Family Foundation, is all going directly into the hands of our teens, as After School Matters will increase the School Year teen stipend beginning Fall 2014. Click HERE to read more. 

The After School Matters Advocate