After School Matters empowers Chicago’s teens.

After School Matters inspires Chicago’s teens to discover their passions, develop skills for life beyond high school, and make friends along the way.

Apply to a Spring Preview program with After School Matters!

Spring Preview Application: Now Open

Choose from a variety of ASM programs and earn money in this 2-week experience!

Spring programs will run from January 29 – February 9.

About After School Matters

In 2022:

Chicago teen
opportunities filled
Program sites
across Chicago

After School Matters provides out-of-school opportunities for teens across Chicago to connect, create, and thrive.

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Join our community of supporters and directly impact the lives of Chicago teens.

Our Programs

Empowering Chicago teens to shape their future.


Performing, visual, and culinary arts

Communication & Leadership

Business, journalism, marketing and media


Sports instruction, stadium management, health and wellness


Applied and natural science, audio/visual, industrial and information technology

I really love how empowered our instructor makes us feel. She reminds us that we are all capable of reaching our dreams, that our mistakes don’t define us, and that what’s deep down is what makes us special.

Thalia, ASM teen

Kreative Krew Kreating You program

Film production is the field that I want to go into in the future so being in a program with like-minded people is a very fun learning experience.

Jeremey, ASM teen

Advanced Video Production program

News & Events

Blog Post

Hamilton Cast and Crew Members Offer Teens a Taste of Broadway

Teens from our Musical Theater Experience at Gallery 37 program were given the opportunity to learn about Broadway theater directly from two members of the...

Upcoming Event

Shop, Jingle, Mingle

Take care of all your holiday shopping! Join us on Wednesday, December 6, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the...

Our Alumni

Stay connected with us, share your story, and access resources and opportunities through the After School Matters Alumni Network!

“The program taught me the importance of learning from other artists, it allowed me to try out stuff I didn’t have resources to do on my own like animation, and gave me more confidence in my abilities as an artist.

Damion Hampton, ASM Alum

Gift Shop

Visit the After School Matters Gift Shop for unique teen-made paintings, mosaics, jewelry, home goods, stained glass, and MORE! Every purchase directly supports ASM programs, instructors, and our talented teens.

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