May 23, 2012
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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 experiences After School Matters teens are having this fall.
On November 19, the Chicago Fire Department’s Engine Co. 98 installed five murals created by After School Matters Skateboard and Mural Art (Millennium Park) program. Fox-32 Chicago covered the unveiling, calling the artwork “a perfect blend of Chicago’s future with Chicago’s past.” Watch the news clip of the mural unveiling here.
Stop by and see the murals in person on the eastern wall of Engine Co. 98 at 202 E. Chicago Ave!
On October 20, After School Matters teens who participated in a t-shirt design contest co-sponsored by the Chicago Bulls and retailer Uniqlo were honored at the Chicago Bulls game. The top 10 shirts and their teen designers displayed their work on the concourse, and the winner was announced during the game. On November 21, Uniqlo hosted a shopping spree for close to 100 participating teens at their brand-new store on Michigan Ave. Congrats to all who participated, and many thanks to the Chicago Bulls and Uniqlo for this incredible opportunity!
On November 16, The Future of Heath Care program (Bronzeville) toured Rush University‘s Armour Academic Center. The tour was led by a group of Speech-Language Pathology students through their involvement in the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. The students held a Q&A panel with the teens to discuss case studies and share their advice on studying medicine in college and graduate school. After School Matters teen Marco said, “I don’t yet know what I want to do as a career, but I joined this program to explore. This tour made me realize I definitely want to work in health care.” Many thanks to Rush University for hosting our teens!
This October, dance company Establish Your Empire joined the After School Matters Hi-Def Dance Ensemble (Gallery 37 Center for the Arts) for a week-long intensive workshop to prepare the teens for their performance at the World of Dance-Chicago competition on November 15. It was the first time the touring dance company shared their curriculum with teens. Artistic director and choreographer GiGi Torres said, “It truly was refreshing to work with the teens of After School Matters! They took everything I gave them in my Establish Your Empire Program and gave it their all!”
Watch a video of their incredible performance here.