After School Matters was honored to host the Vice Premier of China, Madame Liu Yandong, on November 18. Our CEO, Dr. Mary Ellen Caron, and former Mayor Daley welcomed the Vice Premier and her delegation, which included close to 20 high-level ministers and officials to After School Matters, as a part of their larger visit to Chicago.
The Vice Premier visited our Graphic Design, Dance Ensemble and Vocal Arts programs Downtown at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts and met with teens and instructors. Each program gave her a sneak peek of what they are working on and spoke about their experiences in After School Matters programs.
The entire delegation thoroughly enjoyed their tour, which included a stop at the Retail Store, and were very impressed with the passion, dedication and professionalism of our teens. Members of the Vocal Arts Ensemble then performed for the Vice Premier and her delegation as well as for a number of Chicago elected officials and business leaders later that night at the Pritzker Pavilion, capping off an incredible day for After School Matters and our world-class teens.