We are so grateful to Giannis, the NBA, and NBA Cares for recognizing After School Matters and our teens. The national coverage of this event will not only highlight the important role we play for Chicago teens, but also shine a light on our incredible ASM teens and remind them of how much they matter. This is an amazing moment for ASM, as we approach our 30th anniversary, to be showcased on national television and embraced by an organization like the NBA.
The NBA has made it possible for many of our ASM teens to participate in a variety of activities throughout All-Star Weekend, including at the game itself where more than 200 of our teens will be in attendance.
This selection is yet another way the NBA has been a great partner to work with and they truly value our teens’ voices. A group of our students have been working with NBA Cares for several months, serving on the NBA All-Star Youth Leadership Council. They will present their perspectives to a panel of NBA and WNBA legends at the NBA Youth Voices Summit taking place next week.
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As part of the new NBA All-Star Game format change announced last week, every quarter counts for Chicago-based charities, with Team LeBron and Team Giannis playing for Chicago Scholars and After School Matters. At the conclusion of the first three quarters, $100,000 will be awarded to the leading team’s selected organization – $300,000 for those three quarters. The remaining $200,000 will be awarded to the team’s organization that reaches the Final Target Score first in the untimed fourth quarter. If one team wins each of the first three quarters and reaches the Final Target Score first, $500,000 will be donated to the winning team’s charity and $100,000 will be donated to the losing team’s charity. Both organizations will attend NBA All-Star Practice & Media Day presented by AT&T in addition to the All-Star Game and will participate in special in-arena experiences.
The week-long efforts will be highlighted by the first-ever NBA All-Star Youth Leadership Council, a group of 20 high school-aged young people from throughout Chicago that first convened in November 2019 in partnership with the Chicago Bulls, After School Matters, Chicago CRED and Youth Guidance. The students, who have met weekly in small groups to research challenges impacting their neighborhoods and collaborate on solutions for change, will present their perspectives and vision for change through five youth-led community projects for the first time at the NBA Voices Youth Summit. Together, these projects, which will come to life in the coming months, will empower the youth leaders to help shape the impact and legacy of NBA All-Star 2020.
In partnership with After School Matters, Chicago CRED and Youth Guidance, NBA players and legends and community, civic and more than 75 youth leaders from across the city will come together for a series of engaging conversations focused on empowering local youth to drive change in their neighborhoods. NBA All-Star Youth Leadership Council members will share their vision for change and present their community project proposals, which will come to life in the Auburn Gresham, Englewood, West Humboldt Park, Roseland, and Austin/North Lawndale neighborhoods in the coming months.
After School Matters is a non-profit organization that provides life-changing after-school and summer program opportunities to 20,000 Chicago high school teens each year. Our programs are a place where teens can explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for college, careers and beyond. With more than 400 program sites across Chicago, teens in every corner of the city can take part in programs in the arts, communications & leadership, sports, and STEM.