The After School Matters community starts with a single teen who chooses to participate in a program.
Our community then expands to include each teen’s instructors, their family, their high school and their neighborhood. We multiply that by more than 15,000 individual teens each year, and extend further to the supports that make our work possible…
- Key partners allow us to build greater opportunities for teens. They include Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Together, they provide safe and supportive community anchors throughout the city and facilitate access to neighborhood resources that allow us to deliver successful programs.
- A network of close to 200 community-based organizations (CBOs) throughout Chicago allows us to reach deeper into under-resourced neighborhoods and provide services where they otherwise might not exist. These CBOs partner with us to deliver programs, build their capacities and strengthen their communities.
- More than 500 independent instructors each year – experts and successful professionals in their fields – develop and deliver programs, serve as mentors to our teens and help guide them on a path to success.
- In addition, we could not do the important work of serving our teens without the network of donors who provide the generous support that helps us sustain and enhance our opportunities, programs, and community.