June 29, 2011
Wednesday marked the 20th anniversary of the After School Matters program in Chicago. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley filled in for his wife Maggie at… More ›
By: Lori Higgens
Detroit Free Press
It’s the largest program of its kind in the U.S., and it’s giving Chicago teens jobs that allow them to explore careers in everything from dance to chemistry.
Those opportunities come courtesy of After School Matters, which in the last year has provided 23,000 apprenticeships and internships to 15,000 high school students, giving them what many say Detroit teens need: a year-round chance to do something outside of school, a haven from the streets, a chance to get connected and a chance to learn from experts and be exposed to all that life has to offer.
“It’s one thing to have a job during the summer in which you’re working at a mall or a store. It’s another thing to have a job that is giving you something — something of value, something that’s meaningful,” said Nicholas Brown, a junior at Northside College Preparatory High School who this summer was enrolled in a health sciences apprenticeship at Malcolm X College.