To achieve our mission and realize our vision, After School Matters has prioritized the following components that allow us to best serve teenagers. We…
Within these components lies our teen programming, which is based on an apprenticeship and internship model.
Apprenticeships – Project-based programs led by industry experts that can provide a pathway to progress in skills development and independence. Final projects and showcases increase in complexity across the apprenticeship levels so teens have the opportunity to expand their skills. Teens must be at least 14 years old and are awarded a stipend for program completion.
Assistantships – Opportunities for teens to participate in introductory workplace experiences alongside supportive After School Matters staff. Teens must be at least 16 years old and are paid an hourly rate of $8.25/hour. These opportunities range from program assistance to schoolwide support for programming to outreach and engagement activities.
Internships – Industry-specific, entry-level professional experiences with external organizations and companies. Teens may be required to have participated in at least three previous After School Matters programs. Teens must be at least 16 years old (some positions require the teen to be at least 18 years old) and are paid an hourly rate of $10.50/hour. These opportunities include museum docent, camp counselor, corporate administration intern and more.
All of our programs deliver hard skills in a particular content area (the arts, communications, science, sports or technology) in addition to critical 21st century skills that prepare teens for work, college and beyond. These can also be considered ‘college and career readiness skills’. They include:
For teens who successfully meet certain program requirements (including attendance and participation), After School Matters provides them with a monetary stipend.
|Summer||$336 – $725|
|School Year||$275 – $425 (per session, Fall and/or Spring)|
Stipends lower participation barriers, reinforce the importance of dedicated participation and hard work in programs, and make an economic impact on teens, their families and communities. Providing stipends to our teens empowers them and reinforces the value of their time and efforts.