ASM Alumni

Welcome to After School Matters Alumni Network. ASM has been serving teens in every neighborhood of Chicago for more than 30 years, connecting young people to friends, mentors, programs, their passions, and their futures.

Whether you participated in Gallery 37 programs in 1991 or ASM last year, this Network is a place for you to connect with other alumni to discover and share stories, opportunities, events, resources, and catch up on the latest ASM news!

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ASM All-Star Alumni

A few of our their Alumni stories:

ASM All-Star Alumni

A few of our their Alumni stories:

Daniel Kyri | Actor

Daniel Kyri became involved in ASM acting programs in 2008, and has built a career in film and theatrical performance. Now a renowned actor on Chicago’s stages and on the hit NBC show “Chicago Fire,” Daniel says, “ASM changed my world” and helped expand his worldview and hope for the future at a young age.

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Eve Ewing | Writer

Chicagoan Eve Ewing participated in ASM programs back when it was Gallery 37 and then returned as an ASM instructor, is now a nationally respected poet, author, and Chicago cultural organizer.

She’s the author of the books Electric Arches, Ghosts in the Schoolyard, 1919, and Maya and the Robot. She also writes comic books, including Ironheart and Black Panther.

Additionally, Eve is an associate professor in the Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity at the University of Chicago, where she teaches courses on education and racial inequality and directs the Beyond Schools Lab.

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

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Luis Crespo | ASM Program Specialist

As an ASM teen, Luis was a part of the “Voces Ansiosas (Anxious Voices)” program, and today he works as an ASM Program Specialist. In addition to mentoring Chicago’s teens the way he was mentored, Luis sings in the band Kelroy. Luis says this of his own ASM story:

I am absolutely, without a doubt where I am as an artist, individual, worker, and grade A human now due to the After School Matters’ programming I was a part of as a youth. If it wasn’t for the after-school programs (and my mom putting me into them) I may have ended up living a very different lifestyle. There is quite the history of violence in my family so I believe that the arts really did save my life or in the least change the trajectory of where I could have ended up.”

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