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!
This marks the second year of our Peacemakers program, a six-week initiative that provides meaningful experiences for local teens to counter violence through positive contributions to their communities. This summer we will engage over 1,100 teens at over 40 programs across the city and teens will focus on the creation of a violence prevention app along with voter recruitment among their peers. Last year, their projects ranged from books of poems to creating care packages for the homeless to a photo gallery about life on the South Side of Chicago. View the below photo gallery to learn about some of the projects our teens worked on previously.
This program allows teens to learn about the peace-building process, reflect on their communities, recognize their potential as peacemakers, and design a project to implement within their neighborhoods to spread the message of peace. Peacemakers was created in partnership with Chicago CRED, TCS goIT and Lumity and the curriculum and training was developed by the Civic Leadership Foundation.
This past spring, teens from the Peacemakers program and other After School Matters programs, many of whom have been directly impacted by gun violence, traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the March for Our Lives. Several of our teens shared their experience with gun violence onstage; and additional teens, staff, and alumni were in the crowd representing Chicago and After School Matters.
On August 2, the Peacemaker teens and Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) program initiatives, which help build trust and lasting relationships with local communities and the Chicago Police Department, will attend a White Sox game at Guaranteed Rate Field, thanks to the generosity of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago CRED.
On August 7, representatives from each of the After School Matters Peacemakers programs will showcase their summer projects at a peace fair on Daley Plaza. Teens will share their vision for peace and the steps their program took toward that goal with hundreds of community members.