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 teen performances… More ›
We were thrilled to be a part of the parade for the the inaugural Halloween Gathering on the Chicago Cultural Mile on Saturday, October 24! Four After School Matters programs participated. Move Me Soul (Austin) dressed as zombies and danced their way through the parade, scaring a few spectators as they went. The Art of Skateboarding @ Wells High School (West Town) followed on skateboards they decorated for the holiday. The After School Matters Mariachi Ensemble (Archer Heights) came next, playing music in traditional costumes with skeleton make-up. Bike Repair and Safety @ West Town Bikes (West Town) closed our portion of the show by riding their bikes decorated with customized Halloween designs.
In the week leading up to Halloween, teens in the Advanced Culinary program downtown baked and decorated festive cookies. On October 28th, the teen chefs opened their kitchen doors and invited other programs from Gallery 37 Center for the Arts (Loop) to enjoy cookies, pan dolce and fresh apple cider.
On Monday, November 2, the teens in the Aztec Dance (Little Village) program performed at Instituto Health Science Career Academy’s 6th annual Day of the Dead celebration. The teens performed a traditional Aztec dance, complete with an opening procession where the students played drums and flutes while carrying flowers to honor those that have passed away.