December 22, 2016
Throughout 2016, After School Matters has celebrated 25 years and more than 200,000 teens. Click here to view 25 Moments that Mattered in our history!
On June 8, After School Matters held its first annual Volunteer Celebration, held on the 3rd floor terrace of the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, where more than 30 attendees gathered.
Guests were treated to complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres with live music provided by the After School Matters jazz band.
As the program began, Ramon Moran, Volunteer Coordinator, gave a brief welcome and publicly thanked the volunteers for their attendance and contributions to the organization. Anedra Kerr, Chief Development Officer, followed him with remarks on volunteerism as it relates to philanthropy.
The program concluded with testimonies from an alumni, program instructor, corporate mentor and a volunteer.
Natalie, one of our teens who recently graduated from Lane Technical High School, shared how fortunate she was to have a corporate mentor. She and her mentor have since developed a more personal relationship, which has helped her achieve her academic goals. She says without her mentor she wouldn’t be able to attend Columbia College this fall, the school of her choice.
This past year, over 40 corporate and community partners engaged After School Matters through monthly volunteer opportunities. Notable contributions include:
If you would like to learn more about volunteering, click here!