March 4, 2016
By: Shia Kapos Add Michael Lutz to the legacy of notable names who have helped build After School Matters. The Chicago businessman died in 2009…. More ›
Powered by Chicago CRED with a curriculum and training developed by the Civic Leadership Foundation, this six-week program provided meaningful experiences for more than 1,100 Chicago teens to counter violence through positive contributions to their communities. Teens learned about the peace-building process, reflected on their communities, recognized their potential as peacemakers, and designed a project to implement within their neighborhoods to spread the message of peace.
Teens created 47 different projects, ranging from books of teen poems to creating care packages for the homeless to a photo gallery about life on the South Side of Chicago. View the below photo gallery to learn about some of their peace projects.
On August 2, more than 1,000 teens in the Peacemakers and CAPS program initiatives attended a White Sox game at Guaranteed Rate Field, thanks to the generosity of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago CRED. A select group of teens had the chance to go on the field before the game and yell “play ball!” Watch this video to hear about the experience from teens!
On August 7, representatives from each of the 47 After School Matters Peacemakers programs showcased their summer projects at a peace fair on Daley Plaza. Teens shared their vision for peace and the steps their program took toward that goal with hundreds of community members. Two more programs joined the celebration with dance performances on the plaza.