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Fall 2015 Highlights

November 25, 2015

After School Matters is providing 7,000 program opportunities to Chicago teens in Fall 2015. Here's a look at some of the exciting and unique experie... More ›

After School Matters + Harris Theater for Music and Dance Announce New Arts Education Partnership

November 19, 2015

Dancers from Lucky Plush Productions lead a workshop for teens in the Hi-Def Dance Ensemble program at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts (Loop) as part... More ›

After School Matters Teens Stand #withMalala

November 17, 2015

“This movie made me appreciative of the privilege I have to be able to go to school, and influenced me to work harder in school because I know my si... More ›

Paint the Streets Purple

November 10, 2015

Help us #PaintTheStreetsPurple during the season of giving - support us on #GivingTuesday, join us at Shop, Jingle & Mingle, and show why #TeensMA... More ›

Halloween with After School Matters

November 5, 2015

The Halloween Gathering on the Chicago Cultural Mile We were thrilled to be a part of the parade for the the inaugural Halloween Gathering on th... More ›

Morningstar Volunteer Event

October 29, 2015

On October 13, teens in the After School Matters Jewelry Design Studio program visited Morningstar in their Downtown office for a resume writing and... More ›

After school, opportunity gaps linger

September 29, 2015

After School Matters teens Donecia B. and Stephon J. at the Annual Gala on September 21, 2015.  By: Michael Romain Austin Weekly News ~~ Stepho... More ›

After School Matters 2015 Annual Gala

September 22, 2015

September 22, 2015 – Last night, more than 1,000 supporters helped to raise $4.7 million toward providing Chicago teens with more after-school and ... More ›

Chicago Teens Celebrated at Annual After School Matters Gala

September 22, 2015

After School Matters and its supporters celebrate the more than 15,000 Chicago teens served by the organization this year at annual Gala featuring tee... More ›

That time Mellody Hobson choked up at a gala

September 22, 2015

By: Shia Kapos It's hard to imagine Mellody Hobson having angst, let along getting teary about anything. The president of Ariel Investments goes on... More ›

Upcoming Events See all >

One of a Kind Show

December 3, 2015

Visit the After School Matters table at this year's One of a Kind Show from Thursday, December 3rd through Sunday, December 6th at the Merchandise Ma... More ›

Shop, Jingle & Mingle

December 15, 2015

Join us for a special holiday shopping event at the After School Matters Retail Store. For additional information please visit our Retail Store pa... More ›


December 1, 2015

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by social media. Learn more at It will be a great day to give to After Schoo... More ›

Halloween Gathering on the Cultural Mile

October 24, 2015

Four After School Matters programs will be participating in the Chicago Cultural Mile’s inaugural Halloween Gathering this year on Saturday, October... More ›

Lights On Afterschool

October 22, 2015

Lights On Afterschool is a nation-wide celebration of after-school programs. Use #LightsOnAfterschool to join the conversation! After School Matter... More ›

Style Bias: Street Style

October 8, 2015

On Thursday, October 8th, teens from three different After School Matters programs will be participating in the (PRO)jectUS second annual Style Bias... More ›

Strides for Peace 8/5K and 2 Mile Walk

October 8, 2015

Join Team After School Matters! On Thursday, October 8 at 7 p.m., After School Matters is participating in the second annual Strides for Peace 8/5K R... More ›

Annual Gala – Friends and Family Night

September 20, 2015

Join us for a sneak peek of the After School Matters Annual Gala. View art in the Teen Gallery, meet apprentices at Teens in Action exhibits, and wat... More ›

Spring 2016 Teen Applications Open

November 20, 2015

Mark your calendars for the opening of Spring 2016 program applications. Apply early for a better chance at securing your spot!

Annual Gala 2015

September 21, 2015

Our Annual Gala is one of the biggest events in Chicago. 1,000 guests will enjoy an evening filled with performances, artwork, great food and – most... More ›