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.
Pre-apprenticeship programs: Introductory out-of-school-time programs that focus on job readiness skills, career exploration and school engagement.
Apprenticeship programs: Project-based out-of-school-time programs led by expert industry professionals where participants develop marketable skills in a particular field, in addition to the life skills outlined below.
Advanced Apprenticeship programs: Intensive programs with more rigorous demands of dedication and quality, and more sophisticated and ambitious final projects. These are intended for teens who have participated in previous After School Matters programs.
Internships: Specialized work opportunities for skilled teenagers to work in a non-profit or business setting where they refine their workplace skills and put the professional skills learned in apprenticeships to the test.
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)|
|*Interns receive minimum wage.|
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.