What if I don’t have a Social Security number or ITIN?
How can I get a student reduced transit fare to get to my program?
If you have a CPS student reduced fare card and get the reduced fare during the school year:
Make sure you have your correct CPS ID# on file with After School Matters by the first week of programs. You will then continue to get the CPS student reduced fare throughout your Summer 2016 program session.
If you do NOT have a CPS student reduced fare card (and you are a CPS student):
1. You will need to contact your high school directly (the high school you will attend in the fall) about purchasing a CPS student reduced fare card. WE RECOMMEND YOU DO THIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, as many high schools will not be able to provide these after the school year ends.
2. Once you have the card, you will need to make sure your CPS ID# is on file with After School Matters by the first week of programs. You will then get the CPS student reduced fare throughout your Summer 2016 program session.
If you do NOT have a CPS student reduced fare card (and you are NOT a CPS student):
You will need to contact your high school directly (the high school you will attend in the fall) about options to get reduced transit fares over the summer.
*PLEASE NOTE: While we are able to provide access to student reduced fares for teens who already have a student transit card, After School Matters does not have access to the cards themselves. We are also not able to provide access to student reduced fares for teens who attend non-CPS or charter schools. Graduated seniors are not eligible to receive the student reduced fare.
Will I have to interview or audition?
Yes, however, programs with a high volume of applicants might not interview/audition all applicants.
Do all program participants receive a stipend?
All teens that meet the stipend eligibility requirements will receive a stipend.
What are the program eligibility requirements?
To participate in an After School Matters program, you must:
When will I be notified about my acceptance to a program?
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.
What happens if I’m put on a waitlist for a program?
If a program is in need of additional participants, they may pull teens from the waitlist. In this case, an instructor will reach out to a teen via email or phone to invite them to interview.
How many programs can I apply to each cycle?
You may apply to up to 3 programs per program cycle.
What information do I need to complete my application?
When completing your application, it is important for you to have your CPS ID number ready (if applicable) and a functioning email address and/or phone number. A valid Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is accepted but not required for your application.
How do I apply to an After School Matters program?
Is there an application deadline?
No. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis.
Can I participate in more than one program?
No, you may only participate in one program per program session. We do encourage you to participate in more programs in future sessions.
What is an ITIN and how can I get one?
An ITIN is an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number issued by the Internal Revenue Service to people who do not have a Social Security Number. To obtain an ITIN, you need to fill out IRS Form W-7 and attach a valid federal income tax return. These forms can be accessed online at www.irs.gov or by calling 1-800-829-3676. You also must provide forms that prove identity and foreign status to the IRS. The IRS Web site suggests that if you need assistance in obtaining this number, visit an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC). The Chicago Center is located at 230 South Dearborn Street and is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.
Can I switch to another program and if so, when?
If you would like to switch programs, contact your school liaison or program staff. It is preferable that all program switches take place by the first week of a program.
Are there minimum grade requirements to participate in an After School Matters program?
Your school may have a specific grade participation policy. Please contact your school liaison to find out what the policies are.
I have family commitments and a job already. Can I still participate in After School Matters? What programs might work best for me?
Yes, as long as you meet the program attendance requirements.
What do I need to participate in an After School Matters assitantship?
Teens interested in applying to assistantships must be at least 16 years old and are paid an hourly rate of $8.25/hour. These opportunities range from program assistance to school-wide support for programming to outreach and engagement activities.
What happens if I am accepted into an internship or assistantship?
The next step after being accepted as an intern or assistant is to turn in the internship/assistantship packet. This packet contains the I-9 form, W-4 forms and the Intern/Assistant Program Acknowledgement Consent and Release form, which you will need to complete if you are selected for an internship or assistantship program. Be sure to have your parent/legal guardian sign it as well. Please provide us with your Social Security card and your photo identification (school ID or state ID) in order to be eligible for a full stipend. If you do not have a Social Security number, please read the final question in this FAQ.
What if I don’t have a Social Security number or ITIN?
What do I need to participate in an After School Matters internship?
Teens interested in applying to internships may be required to have participated in at least three previous After School Matters programs. Teens must be at least 16 years old (some positions require the teen to be at least 18 years old) and are paid an hourly rate of $10.50/hour. These opportunities include museum docent, camp counselor, corporate administration intern and more.
Are After School Matters interns paid?
Yes, all After School Matters interns are paid hourly, on a bi-weekly basis.