After School Matters Supporting Thousands of Chicago Teens this Spring with Paid Programs
January 23, 2023
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CHICAGO—Applications are open for hundreds of world-class programs being offered this spring through After School Matters®. Program opportunities are free and are available for thousands of Chicago teens in the arts, communications, and leadership, sports, and STEM. The spring session begins the week of February 27 and lasts for 11 weeks. Interested teens can apply by visiting afterschoolmatters.org.
Programs offered by After School Matters allow teens to have fun, gain new skills, and explore new interests with their peers. All spring programs are paid apprenticeships and internships, and participants will earn a stipend.
“Our programs give teens the opportunity to work and learn in a safe space with peers from different communities and just be themselves without fear of judgement,” said After School Matters Chief Programs Officer Tony Diaz. “Our young people have shared with us how important their programs are in helping them deal with increased stress, depression, and isolation they’ve experienced post-pandemic.”
Spring programs provide teens an opportunity to learn from highly skilled instructor mentors and expand their subject-matter and critical thinking skills in problem-solving, social awareness, and collaboration through hands on projects. A few of the exciting programs offered this spring include:
Advanced Visual Arts
Teens will learn and build artistic skills while developing relationships with their peers through various meetings and painting projects.
Teens learn new culinary skills and perfect their basic cooking techniques. Participants receive the training necessary to obtain jobs in the culinary and 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.
Teens explore the connections between people and nature and learn about the process of farming and the concept of whole food – strengthening their knowledge of the environment and their ability to make a positive impact on it to create peace and produce.
J-Def Peace Project
Teens learn from and work with a professional artist to create and display a large community mural. They address youth violence and loss and raise awareness of peace and conflict resolution through workshops and group discussions.
Skate for Success
Teens learn skateboarding techniques, develop brands, set skateboarding goals and personal goals, and motivate each other to succeed on and off their skateboards. The act of skateboarding creates a project-based approach that gives teens direction and goals.
West Town Bikes
Teens combine bike riding, repair, and safety with city planning and advocating for a more bike friendly city and Belmont Cragin community.
Teens can search and apply for spring 2023 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Para mas información en Español llámenos al 312-846-7106 o mándenos un correo electrónico al email@example.com.
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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