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 an After School Matters Summer program!

Summer Application: Now Open

Summer programs will run June 24 – August 2.

Each ASM program opportunity allows YOU to:

  • Learn new skills, techniques, and strategies
  • Work with talented community leaders and network
  • Earn money for your participation

About After School Matters

In 2023:

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.

Support Us

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

Inspiring the Next Generation in the Tech Field 

In today's rapidly changing world, we understand the power of providing our teens with access to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs....

Upcoming Event

After School Matters Gala 2024

Join us for a night of celebration in support of Chicago teens.

Our Alumni

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

“After School Matters gives teens a reason to be excited and want to learn more. I love ASM and all the programs I have been in, they have truly changed me as a person and have helped open up so many doors for me to continue in my career and my college studies.”

Janessa Tyler, 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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