Fall Programs are in Full Swing as we Prepare for the Holiday Season! 
After School Matters Annual Gala
This year's STEAM-themed (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Gala was a great success. The evening included a variety of our teens' fine artwork, interactive science and technology exhibits as well as song and dance performances by teens from across the city. The event, emceed by longtime After School Matters supporter Bill Kurtis, concluded with a powerful song from the Tony award-winning musical Ragtime! performed by teens in the Musical Theater Experience and HHW Vocal Arts Ensemble programs.
ComEd president and CEO Anne Pramaggiore, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Mayor Richard M. Daley and After School Matters Board Chair Mellody Hobson all spoke at the Gala, telling impassioned stories of the organization's significant impact on Chicago, its history in the city and the need to create more out-of-school time opportunities for Chicago's teens. We'd like to thank all who attended in support of Chicago's world-class teens.
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HHW Vocal Arts Ensemble Performs at Chicago Bulls Game
Teens from After School Matters HHW Vocal Arts Ensemble performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a Chicago Bulls preseason game on Friday, October 18. Fans packed the United Center to watch the Bulls defeat the Indiana Pacers, but it was the After School Matters teens who wowed the audience and players alike.
The teens were honored to participate and considered singing the National Anthem at the United Center a dream come true. They continued to revel in the experience as they enjoyed the game from box seats the Bulls generously provided to them.
After School Matters thanks the Chicago Bulls for providing such a prestigious and exciting opportunity for our teens to share their talents. 
Teens Visit Chicago's FBI Headquarters!
On November 12, teens from our 'In the Forensic Lab' program had a special opportunity to visit Chicago's FBI Headquarters and meet two Special Agents from the Evidence Response Team. The teens toured the facility, participated in hands-on activities and learned about some of the Chicago FBI's most famous case studies.
"This field trip made me realize that I am very interested in forensic science and confirmed my desire to major in Criminal Justice when I start college next fall," said Bolmaro, a senior at Foreman High School.
Favorite moments for the teens included pulling fingerprints from a car, hearing great stories from Special Agents and visiting the memorial to fallen Special Agents.
The Chicago Bears Support After School Matters!
The Chicago Bears have showered After School Matters with support this fall. Tight-end Martellus Bennett donated 10 tickets for each Chicago Bears home game to After School Matters through the team's "Home Team Hand-Off" program. 
He and Beth Emery, wife of Chicago Bears General Manager Phil Emery, also sold their original artwork at City Winery's "Fear No Art" event on October 21 and donated 100 percent of the proceeds to After School Matters. 
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