Chicago Parents and Guardians

After School Matters is proud to offer thousands of opportunities every school year and summer to Chicago teenagers in the arts, science, sports, technology and communications. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, these programs are offered at no cost to Chicago teens or their families. Whether your children are teens currently in After School Matters programs, teens interested in getting involved in the future, or former participants of our programs, we look forward to engaging you and keeping you up to date on what is happening at After School Matters.

Life Changing Opportunities

After School Matters programs positively impact Chicago teens and their families in many ways:

Programs give teens safe places to participate in hands-on activites with motivated peers after school and during the summer Programs have been shown to positively impact teen graduation rates, school attendance and teen connection to school and academics
Programs are run at no cost to teens or their families Programs have been shown to increase teen self regulation while reducing problem behavior such as selling drugs and gang activity
Teens learn and develop skills that prepare them for college and/or a career Teens who complete apprenticeship programs receive a monetary award
Teens use professional equipment and work alongside instructors who are experts in their fields Some programs fulfill teen CPS Service Learning hours requirements

The only way your teens can enjoy the benefits of After School Matters is by enrolling in a program and attending regularly. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high school parents should encourage their teens to get involved with After School Matters and attend every day the program is in session. Studies have found that teens who participate for multiple program cycles are the ones who experience the most benefits, so please encourage them to stay involved.

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How to Get Your Teens Involved

If your teen is at least 14 years of age and currently enrolled in high school, they should visit to begin the application process. Apprenticeship programs are offered at schools, parks, libraries and community organizations all across Chicago. Teens with more experience can apply for Advanced Apprenticeships that take place downtown at Gallery37 Center for the Arts. Space is limited in all After School Matters programs, so teens should apply for two or three programs each cycle in case their first choice is full.

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