December 31, 2017
At After School Matters, we had many things to celebrate in 2017. See our list of Moments That MATTERED below!
Applications Open for Chicago High School Teens Seeking Apprenticeship and Internship Programs with After School Matters®
Nearly 7,000 opportunities available this fall
CHICAGO—After School Matters® is now accepting teen applications for its fall 2018 program session. More than 400 programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports and STEM will be offered at more than 60 Chicago public high schools, as well as Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library and community organization locations throughout the city. Programs will continue to be offered downtown at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts and at The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood. Teens can search and apply for fall programs online at afterschoolmatters.org. The online application is also available entirely in Spanish.
In total, nearly 7,000 paid apprenticeship and internship opportunities will be available to Chicago high school teens this fall through After School Matters. Participating teens will be eligible to earn a stipend of up to $425 (depending on the program level), and interns can earn up to $10.50 per hour.
“After School Matters is dedicated to providing Chicago teens with engaging opportunities to explore their passions and find their future,” said Mary Ellen Caron, chief executive officer of After School Matters. “Through our programs, teens can explore their interests and increase their skill sets, which we know will help them succeed in college, careers and beyond.”
After School Matters’ unique programs offer teens an opportunity to develop their current skills while incorporating critical 21st Century skills like collaboration, problem solving, social awareness and more. Multiple independent studies and data have confirmed that teens who participate in After School Matters programs have higher Freshmen On-Track rates, improved school-day attendance and higher high school graduation rates than their peers.
A few of the exciting programs offered throughout the city this fall include:
#IncreasethePeace – Communications & Leadership
Location: Casa Hidalgo, Back of the Yards
#IncreaseThePeace is an apprenticeship program run by The Resurrection Project that will teach teens the basics of community organizing. By the end of the program, teens will have conducted three campaigns either on community safety, beautification, or hosting an information session on community issues. The young leaders will also have a meeting with Back of the Yards’ elected officials about issues that are most important to the teens.
3-D Printing – STEM
Location: Edgewater Workbench, Edgewater
Teens design a product and learn how to use 3-D printing and laser cutting technologies to produce a prototype of that product. Teens break into teams to work through the product development process.
Lifeguard – Sports
Location: Juarez High School, Pilsen
Teens in the Lifeguard program at Juarez have the opportunity to train to become lifeguards. Participants learn aquatic rescues, CPR, and other life-saving skills. At the conclusion of the program, teens may apply for lifeguard certification for future employment opportunities.
AeroStars Aviation Exploration – STEM
Location: Air Force Academy High School, Armour Square
Participants in the AeroStars Aviation Exploration program get hands-on experience in the aerospace industry. Teens discover the rich history of aviation and participate in experiments, modeling, airport design, and flight simulation. Industry professionals share expertise and take apprentices on field trips to local airports, aerospace businesses, aerospace museum exhibits, and the Chicago Air and Water Show. Throughout the program, teens learn real world, practical applications of aviation science.
ASM Youth Radio – Communications & Leadership
Location: Gallery37, Downtown
Teens will interview their peers, at ASM or beyond, and produce the interviews into long-form stories. Goals of this program are to bring student producers and subjects together during the production process, developing curiosity and understanding among peers. Second, to shed light on important stories and communities that deserve attention and last, to make the stories of these students and their communities accessible to other people in Chicago and beyond. Students will be exposed to radio & audiostory production skills, including technical skills, interviewing and writing.
Culinary Arts – Arts
Location: Gallery37, Downtown
Teens will learn the cooking skills and methods needed in a professional kitchen. Apprentices recreate an international based menu daily, and through their own interpretation, present plated products for digital documentation. The teens explore their creativity by finding culinary inspiration in life and other art forms. By participating in training and practice exercises, teens develop job readiness in the culinary field, establishing skill sets and foundational knowledge of the culinary arts, and gain exposure to a variety of new foods and flavors.
Ensemble Espanol – Arts
Location: Roosevelt High School, Albany Park
Teens in the Ensemble Espanol program present professional Spanish Dance concerts as their final showcase. Teens learn the three styles of Spanish Dance: Classical, Folkloric, and Flamenco. Teens learn choreography, dance routines, and how to incorporate skills learned into their everyday lives. Teens also go out into the community to share their experiences with the local community centers and senior centers.
Painting on Canvas – Arts
Location: Gallery37, Downtown
Teens will focus on the creation of vibrant, expressive paintings that relate to our city, neighborhoods, homes, and cultures. Teens will explore a wide range of painting techniques and media, along with learning about contemporary art and studio practices. Teens will display their finished paintings at Gallery Walk so friends, family, and the public will be able to see and interact with their work.
Teens can search and apply for fall 2018 programs at afterschoolmatters.org. All After School Matters programs are free and open to Chicago teen residents who are at least 14 years of age (16 years of age for internships) and are high school students. As part of the application process, teens interview with program instructors to discuss their interests. Chicago teens are encouraged to apply early, as program opportunities fill up quickly. Application features include an interactive map to help teens search for programs and a full Spanish translation on a mobile-friendly platform. For questions about programs and applications, call 312-742-4182 or email [email protected]. Para mas información en Español llámenos al 312-846-7106 o mándenos un correo electrónico al [email protected].
For more information, visit www.afterschoolmatters.org.
About After School Matters
After School Matters provides Chicago high school teens with high quality, after-school and summer opportunities to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. Since 1991, more than 200,000 teens have participated in our hands-on, project-based after-school and summer programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Programs take place at locations throughout the city including Chicago public high schools, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library locations, community organizations, downtown at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts and in Belmont Cragin at our new Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters. For more information, visit www.afterschoolmatters.org.
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