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 or former participants in our programs, we look forward to engaging you and keeping you up to date with what is happening at After School Matters.
After School Matters programs positively impact Chicago teens and their families in many ways.
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.
If your teen is at least 14 years of age and currently enrolled in high school, they should visit our Teens page 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.
We want nothing more than post-secondary success for all After School Matters teens. To achieve this, teens can inquire and involve themselves in post-secondary skills and opportunities through our programs and network with professional communities, starting with their instructors. To view of list of post-secondary resources and helpful guides, visit our Resources for Teens page.
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