At After School Matters, we create solid foundations in Chicago’s teens by nurturing their talents and passions, building a brighter future for our youth and our City. Every day in our programs, our teens are striving to not only better themselves but strengthen their communities and build a brighter future for all of Chicago. Our teens are the future artists, activists, chefs, entrepreneurs, coaches, and engineers that will create change.
This summer, we will reach approximately 13,000 teens across Chicago who are building their futures in our programs. From our Peacemakers and Chicago Police Department (CPD) Initiatives to programs in our four content areas — arts, communications & leadership, sports, and STEM — our teens are taking great strides to develop their skills, find their voices, and ultimately build a better collective future for us all. See how our teens are building the future this summer.
Peacemaker teens work together to stop the violence and make a positive contribution to their communities. Teens in the program learn about the peace-building process, reflect on their communities, recognize their roles as peacemakers, and design a project to spread the message of peace. The projects end with an opportunity for teens to showcase their accomplishments along with youth from around the city of Chicago. Teens will gain an understanding of the peace-making process and youth empowerment. Through this program, teens will build skills in civic engagement, develop leadership skills, and build a sense of community.
Peacemakers @ Julian High School | Summer 2019
After School Matters is partnering with the Chicago Police Department on several initiatives that place police officers in programs as instructors. The police officers work with their teens to build trust, understanding, and stronger relationships between the Chicago Police Department and local neighborhoods.
After School Matters offers hundreds of programs in the arts that range from dance, painting, spoken word, vocal performance and so much more.
Latin Dance performing at Millennium Park Chase Promenade | Summer 2019
After School Matters is building future activists, CEOs, writers, politicians and other leaders through our communications and leadership programs which instill the 21st century skills our teens need to succeed in college and in their future careers.
After School Matters offers hundreds of programs in sports that range from mixed martial arts, soccer, sports management, refereeing, and so much more.
After School Matters is developing future engineers, scientists, doctors, and more through our hundreds of STEM programs throughout the city. Check out how our teens are building a brighter future for Chicago this summer in their programs.
Since 1991, After School Matters has provided more than 350,000 program opportunities for teens to find their passion in the arts, communications, leadership, sports, and STEM. We are proud that our alumni have gone on to become chefs, artists, activists, musicians, business owners, and other Chicago leaders that are building a brighter future for Chicago. Meet some of our alumni and check out all the great work they are doing.
With the help of our devoted community of instructors, parents, community leaders, and organizations, elected officials, volunteers, supporters, and more – our vision to build a stronger Chicago is possible and inevitable when we invest in our teens, who will then invest in their communities.