April 23, 2018
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CHICAGO—After School Matters® is now accepting teen applications for its summer 2019 program session, which will begin the week of June 24. More than 700 programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports and STEM will be offered at various Chicago public high schools, as well as Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library and community organization locations throughout the city. Programs will also 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 Portage Park neighborhood. Teens can search and apply for summer programs online at afterschoolmatters.org. Application features include an interactive map to help teens search for programs and a full Spanish translation on a mobile-friendly platform.
After School Matters programs offer teens an opportunity to expand their subject-matter specific skills, while also developing critical thinking skills in 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.
In total, nearly 13,000 paid apprenticeship and internship opportunities will be available to Chicago high school teens this summer through After School Matters. Participating teen apprentices will be eligible to earn a stipend of up to $425 depending on the program level; interns can earn up to $10.50 per hour.
“After School Matters is providing nearly 13,000 teen opportunities in a single program session this summer,” said CEO Mary Ellen Caron. “While this is a huge accomplishment, we have more than XXX teens apply for programs in the summer. We have to continue to grow our opportunities and resources so that every single Chicago teen has the opportunity to participate in one of our programs and find their passions in life.”
A few of the exciting programs offered throughout the city this summer include:
West African Drum and Dance– Music
Location: Lindblom Academy/Englewood
Teens learn traditional drumming techniques as well as the cultural context and significance of this music in West Africa. Teens will engage in the creative process, as well as what a professional artist must go through to produce their own work, network, and earn a living. Emphasis is given to working as part of a group and planning the final performance.
Can I Kick it? Soccer – Sports Instruction
Location: Chicago Academy High School/Near North Side
Teens will develop fundamental soccer skills and practice drills before learning advanced soccer techniques. Teens will learn to facilitate successful workshops for elementary aged youth.
Location: Gallery 37/Downtown
Teens will learn to navigate the skies and identify celestial bodies. Spend this summer using telescopes, electronic start charts and other scientific instruments. Teens will be ready to assist in Public Observation Sessions and guide others in their exploration of the sky.
Location: Gallery 37/Downtown
The Yoga program guides teens through the steps for beginner yoga poses and meditation, with an emphasis on concentrated deep breathing. This program provides a foundational understanding of a career as a Yoga instructor by including regular assignments and instruction in creating routines that balance the postures. Teens learn how to calm the mind and release stress.
Future Barbers – Arts
Location: Parkway Gardens Christian Church/ Woodlawn
Future Barbers works to expose teens to the fundamentals of the art of barbering. Through workshops, field trips and hands on experiences with barber equipment, teens will learn the history and culture of barbering, hygienic and safe practices, how to use tools and equipment, basic cutting techniques and professional conduct in a barbershop.
Audio Journalism– Audio/Video Technology
Location: Lutz Family Center/Portage Park
Teens in this program teens will explore the impact of societal issues and create an audio project. They will conduct interviews, edit sound and design a blog/podcast to document their project throughout the process.
Martial Arts and Fitness-Health and Wellness
Location: Chicago Mixed Martial Arts/Near North Side
In this program teens gain an introduction to the arts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and other Martial Arts in a fun and safe environment. Each lesson incorporates valuable lessons in teamwork, leadership, and excellence
Drive Our Future –STEM
Location: Simeon Academy/Chatham
Teens in this program are introduced to basic auto body repair skills. Safety rules are taught, explained, and emphasized throughout the class.
Teens can search and apply for Summer 2018 programs at afterschoolmatters.org. All After School Matters programs are free and open to Chicago teen high school students who are at least 14 years of age (16 years of age for internships). As part of the application process, teens interview with program instructors to discuss their interests. Teens are encouraged to apply early, as program opportunities fill up quickly.
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, out-of-school time 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, STEM and sports. Programs take place at locations throughout the city including Chicago public high schools, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library locations, community-based organizations, The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood and Gallery 37 Center for the Arts downtown. www.afterschoolmatters.org.
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