Teens in the After School Matters Mariachi Band perform at Summer Teen Cuisine during summer 2015.
Find Your Future with After School Matters!
The application for Summer 2016 programs is now open. Click the ‘Apply Now’ arrow to submit your application!
You asked and we delivered. Our application is designed to make it easy for you to find the best program to help you find your future. Features include:
Interactive maps let you browse program options in your neighborhood, at your school and all across the city of Chicago.
Search function so you can search for programs based on location, content area and program name.
Icons help show a program’s content area, skill level and any additional requirements like a portfolio or audition.
Navigation bar to keep track of your progress and go back and forth between application steps.
Mobile-friendly so you can now apply on your smartphone.
WATCH our Application Tutorial video for a step-by-step guide to completing your After School Matters application.
Click ‘Start a new SUMMER application.’ Find programs nearby using the ‘At my School,’ ‘At or Near my School’ or ‘Zip Code’ search filters. Find advanced apprenticeship programs downtown at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts by selecting the ‘Downtown’ search filter.
You can apply to interview for up to three programs but can only participate in one.
Once you’ve submitted an application for the maximum amount of programs, you are unable to go back and change anything. Teens who are not yet enrolled in an ASM program are offered the choice of applying to one additional program a few weeks before programs start. Once teens are notified about this, you will be able to log back into the application.
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: Current Chicago public high school students who are Chicago residents, including rising freshmen and just-graduated seniors, are eligible. Some spots are available to non-CPS high school students.
When and Where?
The After School Matters teen application is entirely online! You can reach the application if you click here.
Most programs for Summer 2016 will begin the week of July 5. Advanced apprenticeship programs will begin the week of June 27. Please double check your program start date within the application. Applications for Summer 2016 are now open.
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).
Why should I apply?
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
When will I know?
Instructors will be communicating directly with teens as they finalize their program rosters throughout the Summer recruitment period – from now up until the first day of programs. ALL teens who apply to Summer programs will receive a status notification via email on May 27. This email will let you know whether or not you have been placed in each program to which you applied. Teens who are not placed in programs at that point will be encouraged to apply for additional programs.
**Current Chicago public high school students who are Chicago residents, including rising freshmen and just-graduated seniors, are eligible. Some spots are available to non-CPS high school students.
For inquiries related to the teen application please call 312-742-4182 or email [email protected].
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