Find Your Future with After School Matters!

               Summer applications are open...Apply Now! 

   You asked...we delivered! Check out our new and improved teen application.


  • Click below and you will be taken to the online application system.


  • Click 'Start a new SUMMER application.' Search for programs nearby using the 'High School' and 'Zip Code' menus. Find advanced apprenticeship programs downtown at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts by typing "Downtown" into the Keyword field.
  • You can apply to interview for up to three programs but can only participate in one.
  • You must complete the online application, and then interview or audition in order to be accepted into a program. Not all teens who apply will be interviewed or auditioned, and not all teens who interview or audition will be accepted.
  • If you are selected to interview or audition for a program, the instructor will contact you.
  • PLEASE NOTE: To participate in programs, teens must be Chicago residents at least 14 years of age who attend CPS high schools. A limited number of opportunities are available to teens who attend non-CPS schools.

If you have any questions regarding the application, visit our FAQ section!



Thousands of opportunities are available at no cost. In addition, After School Matters teens will be eligible to earn a monetary stipend for their participation in programs.

  • Develop your skills in the arts, communications, science, sports and technology.
  • Learn career readiness skills to help prepare you for life after high school.
  • Work with professional instructors who are among the best in their fields.
  • Make new friends in your community and throughout Chicago, and
  • Have fun!


After School Matters programs are offered at community organizations, parks, high schools and libraries throughout Chicago, as well as downtown at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts (66 East Randolph).


Interactive Program Map – shows program locations, distance, and travel time/options

Navigation toolbar – allows teens to easily go back and forth between application steps

Icons  - provide teens with quick visual info about programs and their requirements

New color scheme – refreshed colors to highlight our new After School Matters logo

Application requirements description – provides approximate time and information needed to complete teen application prior to starting application


                                     DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY!

                                                FIND YOUR FUTURE TODAY!

Application Cycle
For Fall Programs—Apply in August-September
For Spring Programs—Apply in November-January
For Summer Programs—Apply in March-June