March 30, 2015
“I am a product of After School Matters,” Hopkins said, “and it has a special place in my heart because of that.”… During NIU’s recent… More ›
On Monday, May 2, four After School Matters programs met at Hamilton Park to share their gifts with their community. The event, Englewood Rejoice! , featured the After School Matters programs Saving Lives Inspiring Youth, Double Dutch, Step Alive: Chicago Style Stepping and Red Clay Dance.
The event began with a group activity led by Program Specialist Seneca Coley. Teens, parents and supporters were given the chance to vocalize the types of programs they would like to see in their neighborhood in the future.
Following performances, teens were treated to a motivational speech from Dr. Chandra Gill, President and CEO of Blackademically Speaking.
After a few sharp points on how to turn their current situations into success stories, Dr. Gill provided t-shirts and copies of her books for all the attendees. At the conclusion of the event, she stayed behind for a book signing and the chance to personally speak with some of our teens, many of them graduating seniors.