Adjusting to a New Normal

Lessons Learned From After School Matters Summer 2021 Programs

At the beginning of the pandemic in Summer 2020, After School Matters established a multi-year research partnership with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to better understand teen experiences, instructor perspectives, and program quality during this unprecedented time.

Findings from our newest report highlight that while teens and instructors are still facing challenges during the second year of the pandemic, such as elevated food insecurity, financial hardship, and more, After School Matters’ high-quality, relationship-based programs continue to inspire teens and instructors, support skills development, and contribute to teens’ sense of belonging and hopefulness for the future.

After School Matters is currently using these results and others to inform its efforts to provide targeted supports and services to Chicago teens and our communities as we continue adapting to the ongoing pandemic.

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