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Teens can apply to more than 400 world-class programs and learn skills in visual and performing arts, video game development, civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and more
CHICAGO—Applications are open for more than 400 world-class, remote and in-person programs being offered this spring through After School Matters®. Program opportunities are free and are available for nearly 8,000 Chicago teens in the arts, communications, and leadership, sports, and STEM. The 11-week spring session begins the week of February 22. Interested teens can apply by visiting afterschoolmatters.org.
After School Matters will continue to offer both in-person and remote programs to teens this spring, allowing them to have fun, gain new skills, and explore with their peers however they feel most comfortable. Most programs will continue to take place remotely but a variety of safe, in-person opportunities for teens will be offered across Chicago at After School Matters locations and in partnership with community-based organizations, following CDC, State, and City guidelines. All spring programs are paid apprenticeships and internships, and participants will earn a stipend between $275-$750, depending on the length of time and level of expertise required for the program.
“In light of a recent NPR piece, young people are finding comfort and reducing stress through dance, painting, spoken word, and other artistic avenues in these difficult times,” said After School Matters Chief Programs Officer Melissa Mister. “It’s more important now than ever that we continue to offer Chicago teens creative outlets to support their mental health and socialization during the ongoing pandemic.”
Spring programs provide teens an opportunity to expand their subject-matter skills while developing critical thinking proficiencies in problem-solving, social awareness, collaboration, and more. Programs offer hands-on, project-based learning opportunities facilitated by highly skilled instructor-mentors. Teens who need access to technology will be able to acquire devices through After School Matters.
After School Matters programs have been an important part of the COVID-19 response, adapting services to meet youth and community needs, offering social-emotional supports, and filling the education gap through virtual programming. Last year, results from a report in partnership between After School Matters and American Institutes for Research (AIR), found more than 76 percent of teens surveyed said their program made them more hopeful about their future, and 72 percent said their program helped them safely cope with their emotions through the current crisis. Read the full report on our website, http://afterschoolmatters.org/airreport/.
A few of the exciting programs offered this spring include:
Advanced Culinary Arts
Teens will learn new culinary skills and perfect their basic techniques. Participants receive the training necessary to obtain jobs in the culinary hospitality industry or simply to prepare healthy and sustainable meals for themselves and their families. Teens also learn the arts and techniques of cake decorating, table setting, and catering for large groups.
Affirming You: Self-Love Bootcamp
Teens will participate in an integrative, social-emotional learning program led by holistic practitioners, artists, young people, and community leaders. Participants meet virtually and focus on inspiring topics that empower them in all aspects of their lives, using art therapy, journaling, group discussion, meditation, and more. The program concludes with a community mural designed by participants in collaboration with a local artist.
Astronomy & Space
Teens will learn about urban astronomy and celestial bodies by viewing and discussing space-themed films, conducting physics experiments, studying NASA and manned space travel/rocketry, as they learn about careers in the astronomy and space field. By the end of the session, teens will be prepared to present and display newly gained astronomical knowledge to their friends and their family.
Code Your Dreams
Teens will learn to build technical projects that make a difference in their communities. Participants will create their own mobile app developed using App Inventor and learn skills to continue solving big problems with code. The curriculum introduces teens to some of today’s fastest-growing roles in technology, including project management, user experience research and design, software development, and marketing.
Teens will learn the fundamental concepts of game design and development through play, analysis, and game making. Participants will play and analyze existing games (digital and analog) and then create new ones based on the knowledge they gathered in the program.
Les Enfants Dance
Teens will be exposed to dance as an art form, professional opportunity, and tool of expression. Participants will learn a variety of dance styles, foster personal artistic growth, and professional discipline through this program.
Yollocalli La Mesita: Radio & Live Stream
Teens will explore and narrate the stories of their communities through journalism, audio, and radio production. Participants learn production skills while gaining the tools necessary to be civic community journalists and storytellers. They work as a team to research a story, often interviewing community members, local artists and fellow teens in the process. Teen’s work is peer-edited and published in various media outlets. Collectively, participants produce a weekly radio show that is broadcast on FM airwaves through a partnership with a local radio station.
Teens can search and apply for in-person and remote spring 2022 programs at afterschoolmatters.org. All After School Matters programs are free and open to Chicago high school students who are at least 14 years old (16 years old for internships). As part of the application process, teens interview with program instructors to discuss their interests. Teens are encouraged to apply early, as program opportunities fill up quickly.
For questions about programs and applications, call 312-768-5200 or email email@example.com. Para mas información en Español llámenos al 312-846-7106 o mándenos un correo electrónico al firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.afterschoolmatters.org.
About After School Matters
After School Matters is a nonprofit organization that provides world class, after-school, and summer opportunities to Chicago public high school teens to explore their passions and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college, and beyond. After School Matters programs are project-based, led by industry experts, and provide a pathway to progress in skills development and independence. Teens earn a stipend while participating in programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Over the span of three decades, After School Matters has engaged more than 350,000 teens throughout the city of Chicago. www.afterschoolmatters.org
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