Watch this video for a step-by-step guide to completing your After School Matters application.
If your check has been lost, stolen or destroyed, fill out this form to let After School Matters know! Click below to access the mobile-friendly form. Once your form has been submitted, a member from our Teen Stipends team will contact you with more information.
If your check has expired, you must mail it back to After School Matters at the below address.
After School Matters
ATTN: Teen Stipends
66 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
This list includes more than 20 local organizations, centers and councils that provide resources specifically to LGBTQ youth.
Access this resource here.
The Illinois Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Minority Affairs Committee is accepting applications for the 2017 Scholarship program.
Every year, the Committee offers scholarships to students of minority background to attend the Introduction to Engineering Program two-week summer camp (for the selected students, the Committee covers the entire cost of the program including room and board and any travel expenses — a $1,950 value).
We are seeking Chicago-area students (H.S. Juniors) who are proficient in math and science and that have shown a strong interest in attending college.
To apply, please submit:
Mail your application packet to:
200 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604
Applications are due Monday, March 13, 2017.
World Learning’s Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program is a virtual cultural exchange program for talented high school students in the United States and Iraq from June-August 2017. DYLEP is an online program, and does not involve any travel. Students can participate from anywhere and structure activities around their own schedules. World Learning encourages teens with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds to apply!
Selected students will participate in DYLEP completely free of charge, and learn using videos, discussion forums, online chats, webinars, and games. Students will also meet with other participants in Iraq and the U.S. online in small groups to exchange opinions and perceptions towards global issues. Students will complete modules on
Participants who successfully complete the required activities for the program will receive a certificate and access to alumni networks consisting of other youth leaders who completed World Learning cultural exchange programs.
Applications are due on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 10:59PM (Chicago Time).
Questions? Contact Brian Peckrill at [email protected].
The 2017 CineYouth Festival is now accepting short film submissions from filmmakers 22 years old and younger. Officially selected films will screen at the Festival from May 4-6, 2017 at The Music Box Theatre in Chicago, IL.
Click here for guidelines and submission details.
Entries accepted through March 10, 2017.
The Generation Google Scholarship helps aspiring computer scientists excel in technology and become leaders in the field. Selected students will receive 10,000 USD (for those studying in the US) or 5,000 CAD (for those studying in Canada) for the 2017-2018 school year. As part of the scholarship, current high school seniors who are entering their first year of university in 2017-2018 will be required to attend Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) in the summer of 2017.
To be eligible to apply, applicants must:
Please visit www.google.com/students/generationgoogle for more information and to apply!
Applications are due Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.
Google is invested in increasing the enrollment and retention of computer science students. With this in mind, we’re hosting our 10th annual Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI), a three-week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors with an interest in technology — especially students from historically underrepresented groups in the field. This year, we will offer two types of sessions, day-camp and residential:
Day-camp sessions are for students who live within 90 minute commute of the respective offices. Students will be provided with a travel stipend and expected to commute into the Google offices for each day of CSSI. Day-camps locations and dates are:
Residential sessions are for students outside the mileage distance of day-camps. Student housing and transportation will be provided. Residential locations and dates are:
CSSI is not your average summer camp. It’s an intensive, interactive, hands-on and fun program that seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow by supporting the study of computer science, software engineering, and other closely related subjects. As CSSI students, you will learn programming fundamentals directly from Google engineers, get an inside look at some of Google’s most exciting, emerging technologies, and even design and develop your very own application with fellow participants that you will showcase to Googlers in local offices.
The program is open to all qualified high school seniors, and is committed to addressing diversity in the field of computer science. Students who are a member of a group that is historically underrepresented in the technology industry are encouraged to apply.
Please visit g.co/cssi for more information and to apply!
Application deadline: March 2, 2017. Final decisions will be announced by late April.
Love your city. Love your sports. Love our youth.
The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Chicago Park District (CPD) have partnered to support the new Elementary School Sports program. As part of this partnership, CPD will hire and manage oncoming staff, and they’re looking for teens.
American Art History: From Elite to Street is a dynamic, one-semester online course for high school students grades nine through twelve. This course offers students an engaging introduction to the rich and varied art of the United States from the Colonial Era to the early 21st century using complex audio, visual, and written texts. The course is Common Core and ILS (Fine Arts) aligned, providing .5 credit towards graduation. It enables student achievement through project-based lessons and unit assessments, and promotes student-centered discovery of local Chicago art in their own neighborhoods. While the course can be taken by Freshmen, it is recommended for motivated Sophomores – Seniors who are self-starters.
FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, but the website provides much more than just an application. You can find resources to help you browse and search for scholarships, information on securing loans and tips to help you manage your accounts.
Learn more about preparing for college, the difference between loans and scholarships, and more here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
Apply or edit your existing application here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
One Million Degrees supports highly motivated community college students to succeed in school, work and life.
Our application is open and the first deadline is soon approaching! If you or someone you know could use the support of a local, innovative program dedicated to helping community college students reach their full potential, Apply now!
Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 7
When it comes to college planning, it may seem like there are a million things to think about, but don’t worry. Whether you’re a student or parent, the following college planning timelines will keep you on track and in the know throughout high school. Helpful, step-by-step tips cover everything from taking the right classes, making a list of colleges, to filling out college forms and applications on time!
Peterson’s has planning timelines for freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors to help you on your path to success. Access the College Planning Timeline here.
BigFuture is your personal future planner from CollegeBoard — the SAT people! The CollegeBoard website has something to help you at every step of your college planning: take a quiz to help you start mapping your major, search and compare colleges, learn more about financial aid, plus much more. Begin finding your future here: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/
If you’re looking for an outside scholarship (in addition to what your future college could give you) this is the place to search! Complete a brief survey and this website will tell you which scholarships you’re eligible for and how to apply for them. Start your search here.
Use this resources if you’re interested in taking some courses at a local institution and then transferring them to another college later. Learn more about how transferring courses works, how to get in touch with each school’s transfer office to learn about transfer restrictions, and what others steps you need to take so things can transfer smoothly. Begin at https://www.collegetransfer.net/.
MoneyGeek.com designed this guide to help future and current college students find scholarships, grants, and other information to help them pay for college. Not only does the website list scholarships and grants available to Hispanic/Latino students exclusively, but we also offer tips to students to increase the chances their scholarship applications will be successful.
You can view this scholarship guide here.
Learn more about college from After School Matters! After School Matters University (ASMU) is for high school freshman and sophomore teens to explore, engage and learn about the post-high school experience during the week of CPS spring break. Teens participate in workshops that provide guidance on choosing a major, debunk campus myths, explore other post-secondary possibilities and much more. ASMU will host discussion panels, college funding and preparation workshops, and will take teens on a college tour tailored to their individual interests during this exciting and motivational four-day program.
Learn more at afterschoolmatters.org/teens/asmu.
OnlineColleges.net strives to be your main resource in online education, whether you’re an experienced online learner, a current student, or are considering attending college online. We provide:
Transferology is a nation-wide network designed to help students explore their college transfer options. Our goal is to save students time and money by providing a quick, intuitive way of getting their college transfer credit questions answered.
Students can answer the question “Will my courses transfer?” by adding coursework, exams, and/or military learning experiences to see how many schools in the Transferology network have matching courses that may be awarded when they transfer. They can also find out what their options are for taking classes over the summer (or whenever) at another school to transfer back to their current school by using the “Find a Replacement Course” feature.
CollegeAffordabilityGuide.org provides Illinois high school students with objective, fact-based resources that help make college affordable. They analyzed more than 5,000 colleges and universities across the U.S. to find the ones that offer both financial accessibility (the lowest costs for low and middle income students, as well as flexibility in learning & credit), and positive outcomes. You can browse the most affordable colleges by state and get helpful tips on choosing a college and funding your education.
Use this resource at CollegeAffordabilityGuide.org.