As After School Matters alumni, you are part of a wide network of Chicagoans who have found their passion and careers through programs like yours. The After School Matters Alumni Network strengthens After School Matters by reconnecting former participants with the organization and our current teens. We encourage alumni and current participants to support each other in their efforts to discover their potential and find their future. We encourage you to join us.
Since 2017, the After School Matters Alumni Network has brought together talented and dedicated individuals to support After School Matters alumni. Through our actions, we strive to meet the following goals:
Provide professional development for recent alumni.
Leverage our partners’ collective knowledge, know-how, and networks to support alumni in their efforts to apply their talents to work and college.
Expand the spirit of philanthropy and advocacy among our alumni so they become ambassadors for After School Matters.
Alumni Council — The After School Matters Alumni Council is the key decision-making group for the After School Matters Alumni Network. Formed in 2017, the Council gives members opportunities to serve in leadership roles, develop engagement opportunities for alumni, and contribute to the broader mission of After School Matters. Applications for new members are due Thursday, February 22, 2018.
The Alumni Network offers professional development workshops focused on providing college students, aspiring professionals, and working professionals with the skills they need to succeed in their careers. Elevate Your Future is our two-part spring series centered on personal branding and networking.
Personal Branding: The Art of Marketing YOU — Personal branding is the practice of marketing yourself. In this workshop, you will learn about three aspects of crafting a personal brand: how to translate experience into strengths; how to make your passion work for you, and; how to share your personal brand by crafting an elevator pitch. We will begin with an hour-long panel on crafting your personal brand and defining what that means in the professional world. Following the panel, you will have the opportunity to create an elevator pitch and practice it with panelists, After School Matters staff, and fellow alumni. Thursday, January 18, 2018
5:30 — 7:00 p.m. RSVP now
The Art of Networking: Making Meaningful Connections — Now that you have an elevator pitch, it’s important to know how and when to use it. In this workshop, you will learn how to find networks, what to do when you are networking, and how to follow up with someone after an event. Following the evening panel discussion, there will be a speed-networking session where you will have the opportunity to practice networking and grow your network! Thursday, February 15, 2018
5:30 — 7:00 p.m. RSVP now
More than 200,000 people have participated in an After School Matters or Gallery 37 program since 1991. Alumni of our programs have gone on to achieve great academic and professional success.