Alumnus Christopher Russel speaking about his program experience at an After School Matters event.
Reconnect with us!
For 25 years, After School Matters programs have been inspiring Chicago teens as they develop their skills and discover brighter futures.
Alumni of our programs have gone on to achieve great academic and professional success. Any individual who completed an After School Matters program and is no longer in high school is considered a member of our Alumni Community. What began as a summer arts program in 1991, known then as Gallery 37, has grown to five content areas across the entire city of Chicago. Although we have grown and expanded, After School Matters was originally known as the Gallery 37 program. This was a proud chapter in our history, and Gallery 37 alumni are vital members of the After School Matters community.
Meet an alum!
“I felt, at 17, that I was doing something for myself. My self-esteem grew and I established self-confidence through my program.”
— Daniella Jones
Columbia College Chicago student
Programs: Theater and video production
Time in programs: 4 years
Join our Alumni Community!
Did you participate in one (or more!) After School Matters programs? Are you a graduate of a Chicago high school? Then we welcome you to join our alumni community!
Here are some ways to reconnect…
- Tell your story. We invite all After School Matters and Gallery 37 alumni to reconnect with us and share your story. How did your After School Matters program make a difference in your life? What did you learn from your instructor that you carry to this day? Tell your story.
- Stay in touch. Sign up to receive the After School Matters newsletter! Learn about volunteer opportunities or join the Alumni email list to stay up to date on all the exciting developments After School Matters continues to make for teens just like you. Receive our newsletter.
- Volunteer. We are always thrilled when alumni come back to volunteer with us. Whether you can offer a master class or mentor our teens, support our administrative office with your professional expertise, or help out at an event, we are grateful for your generosity. Explore our volunteer opportunities.
- Give. Our programs are made possible because of individuals who believe in the future of Chicago’s teens. Regardless of the amount, your contribution will make a difference. Directly support After School Matters and our talented teens by making a gift.
Reach out with more ideas… Have other ideas on how you as an alum can reconnect with the After School Matters community? Please reach out to Jasmine Arrington, Project Coordinator, at [email protected] or 312-529-3978.