December 22, 2016
Throughout 2016, After School Matters has celebrated 25 years and more than 200,000 teens. Click here to view 25 Moments that Mattered in our history!
Teens in the COOL for College and Careers program participated in a pilot for a new USC Shoah IWitness program at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts in October. The activity focused on communication and engaged the teens in identifying persuasion and propaganda, and discerning the differences between audiences. Using testimony from survivors and eyewitnesses of genocide, the activity showed the danger in homogenizing entire groups of people by race or religion. Read more about the activity in this USC Shoah Foundation article.
In December, 10 teens, many of whom flew on a plane for the first time, traveled to Los Angeles to attend USC Shoah Foundation’s Ambassadors for Humanity Gala, participate in another IWitness activity, and share their experience with Gala guests. The 2016 Gala presented the Ambassadors for Humanity Award to After School Matters Board Chair Mellody Hobson and filmmaker George Lucas. Before they returned to Chicago, the teens were able to take a college tour of the University of Southern California.
View more photos from the Los Angeles trip in this gallery.
On December 15, 15 teens from the Youth Ambassadors Leadership Council and one teen from the Multi-Level Screen Printing program had the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C.
The group began their day with a tour of The White House, which included a stop in the Roosevelt Room to speak with then-Senior Advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett. Teen Milena (16, Albany Park, Multi-Level Screen Printing program) presented Ms. Jarret with a screen print of President Obama that her program created (see below). In the afternoon, the teens had the incredible experience of visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Thank you to United Airlines, the official airline of After School Matters, who generously provided flight vouchers for all of the teens to and from Washington, D.C. Additional support was provided by Dona and Sam Scott, and by Debbie Marchese.
View more photos from the Washington, D.C. trip in this gallery.