Our programs will give you hands-on experience with projects while working alongside skilled professionals who will help you develop job skills and expose you to rewarding careers. When you participate in an After School Matters program, you can increase your confidence, build skills, and professional values like excellence, leadership, teamwork, respect, commitment, and innovation. After School Matters strives to ensure that all programs are interesting, exciting, and relevant to the real world.
Apprenticeships – Project-based programs led by industry experts that can provide a pathway to progress in skills development and independence. Final projects and showcases increase in complexity across the apprenticeship levels so teens have the opportunity to expand their skills. Teens must be at least 14 years old and are awarded a stipend for program completion.
Assistantships – Opportunities for teens to participate in introductory workplace experiences alongside supportive After School Matters staff. Teens must be at least 16 years old and are paid $750. These opportunities range from program assistance to school-wide support for programming to outreach and engagement activities.
Internships – Industry-specific, entry-level professional experiences with external organizations and companies. Teens may be required to have participated in at least three previous After School Matters programs. Teens must be at least 16 years old (some positions require the teen to be at least 18 years old) and are paid an hourly rate of $15/hour. Teens must be eligible for employment and complete i9 and W4 requirements. These opportunities include museum docent, camp counselor, corporate administration intern, and more.
Instructors use several key best practices to guide their program flow. Instructors share learning goals at the beginning of each program day and post an agenda for teens to see. They lead a check-in or icebreaker activity and then engage teens in program content through hands-on, project-based activities. Our programs may include time for breaks so teens can eat a snack, stretch their legs, or take a “brain break.” Throughout the day, instructors encourage teens to recognize and use 21st-century skills like collaboration, verbal communication, and planning for success (more about these skills). At the end of the program day, teens reflect on what they have learned by discussing the day and checking out.
For teens who successfully meet certain program requirements (including attendance and participation), After School Matters provides them with a monetary stipend.
|Summer||$375 – $1,575|
|School Year||$275 – $750 (per session, Fall and/or Spring)|
Stipends lower participation barriers reinforce the importance of dedicated participation and hard work in programs and make an economic impact on teens, their families, and communities. Providing stipends to our teens empowers them and reinforces the value of their time and efforts.
For inquiries related to teen stipends, please call our Teen Stipend Hotline at 312-768-5199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will I have to interview or audition?
Yes, however, programs with a high volume of applicants might not interview/audition all applicants.
Do all program participants receive a stipend?
All teens that meet the stipend eligibility requirements will receive a stipend. To learn more about Teen Pay, click here
Does After School Matters offer internships?
Yes. To find out more about our internships and advanced internships, please click here. To apply to an internship, click here.... read more
What are the program eligibility requirements?
To participate in an After School Matters program, you must: Be a resident of Chicago. Be 14 years old by the first day of program. For internships and assistantships, a teen must be 16 yea... read more