March 14, 2015
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During November 2017, After School Matters partnered with the University of Chicago – France Chicago Center to send 15 teens and three instructors to Paris, France for eight days. The group explored the city and attended an interdisciplinary colloquium on the contributions of Chicagoans – particularly from the West and South Side communities – to our global society, “The Black Metropolis between Past and Future: Race, Urban Planning and Afro-American Culture in Chicago.”
“When I arrived in Paris, I felt like it was the beginning of new opportunities.”
–Quentin S., 17
At the colloquium, teens deepened their understanding of the cultural impact African Americans from Chicago had on the world. As part of the conference, the teens performed music by Chicago jazz, blues and gospel artists, concluding with their rendition of “Sweet Home Chicago.”
In addition to the colloquium, teens had the opportunity to visit the Eiffel Tower, take a cruise on the Seine River, tour the US Embassy, meet and learn with students from a Parisian high school, and discuss life in Paris and Chicago with young people featured in the film Swagger.
“Traveling to Paris, France was my first time traveling overseas and to another continent. It will be a trip I remember the rest of my life.” –Sofia G., 17
After School Matters is grateful for the support of United Airlines, who generously provided our teens with the opportunity to take this trip.