To participate in After School Matters programs, teens must be Chicago residents at least 14 years of age and currently enrolled in a Chicago Public Schools high school (*a limited number of opportunities are available to teens who attend non-CPS schools).
Cook with local celebrity chefs! Dance at the Chicago Theater! Paint a mural on the side of a building! Create animation and design logos! Build robots for national competitions! Grow a community garden and sell your products at a farmer’s market! Develop your sports skills and mentor youth on your way to a potential job as a recreation leader or lifeguard!
TEENS…DISCOVER YOUR POTENTIAL WITH
AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS!
Thousands of opportunities are available at no cost:
In addition, After School Matters teens who participate this Summer will be eligible to earn a monetary award.
*IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS: We encourage teens to apply for up to three programs to increase your chances of being interviewed and accepted into at least one. If you apply, and the instructor thinks you would be a good fit for their program, they will contact you (by phone or email) to set up an interview. Not all teens who apply will be invited to interview, and not all who interview will be accepted into a program. If you do not receive an invitation to interview with the instructor by the time programs start (late September), then we encourage you to apply for alternate Fall programs or for our Spring program session once applications are available right here in early November. Spring programs will start in February.
‘WHERE?’ AND ‘WHEN?’
After School Matters programs are offered at community organizations, parks, high schools, libraries and Downtown at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts. Spring programs typically meet three days a week for 75-90 hours over the course of 10-to-16 weeks.
Programs fill up quickly, so apply today!
For Fall Programs—Apply in August-September
For Spring Programs—Apply in November-January
For Summer Programs—Apply in mid April-June