November 2014

Dear Friends:
What an exciting time here at After School Matters! A hugely successful Gala, a visit from the U.S. Secretary of Education, thousands of teens participating in programs all across Chicago, and on top of it all...a brand new logo. On behalf of our teens, I thank you for your continued support and wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.


Mary Ellen Caron, Chief Executive Officer

U.S. Secretary of Education visits programs at Farragut High School

On November 20th, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited our programs at Farragut Career Academy High School where he saw teens engaged in mosaics, lifeguarding, sports, dance and computer refurbishment. It was an inspiring afternoon capped off by Secretary Duncan saying, "What After School Matters is doing in Chicago can be a model for the nation."

Click here to view the press release.

After School Matters 2014 Gala Recap

This year's Gala proved to be one of our most successful EVER. Close to 1,000 guests spent an incredible evening at Chicago's historic Navy Pier talking with teens, shopping for teen-created artwork, experiencing teen performances, and raising a whole lot of awareness and excitement for the young people of Chicago. In the end, we raised $4.5 million including an incredibly generous donation of $1 million from Derrick Rose. Thank you to all who attended and supported us, whether in person or in spirit!

And speaking of Derrick Rose, click here to read a wonderful USA Today story on his gift to After School Matters and the programs we run at his alma mater, Simeon Career Academy High School!
Our teens join Derrick Rose at Adidas Sneaker Launch event!

Speaking of Derrick Rose, he recently hosted 20 of our teensfrom the Hi Def Dance Ensemble program at the Adidas store in Water Tower Place for the unveiling of his new sneakers. 

Check out this fun video of the
afternoon our teens spent with Derrick Rose!


Fall Programs/Spring Recruitment

It's hard to believe, but we're nearing the end of Fall programs! Just as more than 7,000 teens all across Chicago are thinking ahead to their futures, we're thinking ahead to the Spring program session. Applications are NOW OPEN for Chicago high school teens to apply for thousands of opportunities next spring in programs throughout Chicago.



After School Matters Annual Report is now available

We're pleased to release our FY13 Annual Report...and what a year it was! Re-experience the stories, images, passions and successes from throughout the After School Matters community. And please share this wonderful document with anyone interesting in learning more about the work we do!



After School Matters Marketing Video
Please enjoy a brand new video highlighting two of our incredible teens - a young man from the Austin community and a young woman from Little Village - and
their inspiring stories.
After School Matters Video
After School Matters Video