Watch this video for a step-by-step guide to completing your After School Matters application.
Find out how to navigate financial aid gaps, personal financial planning, and exploration of career training programs in the time of COVID-19. Hosted by The Southwest Organizing Project and sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 3:00-4:00 p.m.
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Dear ASM instructors and teens,
The past several weeks have been hard for us all. As we continue to connect and support one another remotely, we realize that your needs may include access to food.
Thanks to a generous donor, After School Matters is partnering with Gate Gourmet, the makers of airline meals, to distribute free meals to you and your family starting Monday, April 13.
Twice a week, you and/or your family can come to one of three locations to pick up three meals per person. ASM identification is not required, and the meals will be given out on a first come, first served basis. As recommended by the CDC, we encourage you to wear a mask or other face covering when coming to these locations, or anywhere else in public.
The three locations and their hours are:
After School Matters’ Lutz Center
3435 N. Cicero, Chicago 60641
Monday and Friday
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
James Jordan Boys & Girls Club
2102 W. Monroe, Chicago 60612
Monday and Friday
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. *The last food distribution at this location will be Friday, June 5, 2020.
St. Sabina Catholic Charites
1120 West 79th Street, Chicago 60620
Monday Through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. *Wednesday’s open until 5:00 p.m.
Please be sure to share this information with other ASM teens who you think may not read their emails. We want to be sure that all who need these meals know to come pick them up.
The BAM Scholarship has a major impact on the next generation of tech leaders. This year, BAM will award two $5,000 scholarships (renewable for up to 4 consecutive years for a potential total of $20,000) to outstanding high school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. In addition, up to 24 scholarship runners-up will be eligible for a one-time $2,500 BAM technology stipend based on need.
Please reach out to [email protected] if you have any additional questions.
Calling teen artists! Congressman Chuy García is looking for teen artists living in the 4th District of Illinois to submit artwork to this year’s Congressional Art Competition! The winning piece will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for ONE YEAR.
Future Leaders of Chicago (floChicago), is recruiting high school juniors for their next cohort of high school student leaders!
floChicago is an amazing way for high school student leaders to gain exposure to new people, places and perspectives throughout the city, all while developing their leadership skills. Interested high school juniors can apply online at www.floChicago.org. The application deadline is Monday, April 8th. Please see below for more information!
Future Leaders of Chicago (floChicago) is a leadership development program founded by a group of educators, professionals and civic leaders in partnership with The University of Chicago and The Chicago Community Trust. This spring, floChicago will select approximately 30 high school leaders from across the Chicago area to participate in a year-long cohort program including a week-long leadership immersion program at The University of Chicago from July 28th – August 3rd, 2019, meetings and retreats throughout the 2019-2020 school year, and continued programming for students as they progress through college.
This diverse cohort of students will have the opportunity to engage with some of Chicago’s most prominent leaders, work with diverse leaders from throughout the Chicago area, and gain exposure to a wide variety of challenges and opportunities facing Chicago. Students participate in workshops, field trips, and group discussion activities centered around civic engagement, leadership development, college preparation, and career exposure. The program is offered at no cost to participants. To be eligible, students must be juniors in high school and must have a demonstrable track record of leadership, the ability to work in a diverse group, a strong attendance record, and a recommended minimum GPA of 2.7. The program is offered free of charge.
Caring.com is a free resource that understands the demanding lifestyle of teen and student-caregivers and the challenges they may face. The Student-Caregiver Scholarship provides financial assistance to teens and students who are caring for an adult relative while enrolled in college. Learn more here and how to apply.
Find dozens of scholarships from companies and organizations that are eager to help students pay for college. See the full list here.
While immigrant and undocumented students may face numerous and significant obstacles to obtaining a college degree, certain scholarships, resources, and organizations can help them reach their dreams. Below you will find a guide designed to connect you with people and organizations geared to help you succeed.
Download the guide here.
The Anhelo Project is a Chicago based non-profit organization that works to support undocumented students pursuing a post-secondary degree within the State of Illinois.
Since 2011, The Anhelo Project has awarded over $100,000 to more than 50 recipients pursuing their dream to achieve an education beyond high school. Students do not need to have DACA status, and we strongly encourage undocumented students from all racial/ethnic backgrounds to apply.
The 2019 Anhelo Project Dream Scholarship will be awarded to eligible high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate and/or vocational training students who demonstrate leadership, academic competitiveness, community involvement, and financial need.
Learn more and apply here.
A.M. Money is now accepting early applicants to a new student loan program. Features of this program include income-based repayment options and affordable rates — without the need for a cosigner. This program is founded and operated by Chicagoans who once struggled to pay for college. Through this new student loan program, they’ve designed a program for you that wish they would have had.
We have created this manual to make sure you understand what you can expect, and our expectations of you while in an After School Matters program. Please read it carefully because there are some new and exciting changes. Specifically, pay close attention to the sections about signing the Program Acknowledgment and Consent and Release form, the attendance policy, and the new Teen Pay and Stipend Page where you can determine if you are eligible for your stipend. If you have any questions, please speak with your Instructor or contact the number or email listed in each section.
Download the manual here.
In order to participate in After School Matters programs, you must turn in a signed Program Acknowledgement, Consent, and Release form at the start of programs. Notify your Instructor immediately if you have any questions or problems completing any of the forms.
Padres y guardianes legales deben firmar este documento si deciden permitir que sus jóvenes menores de edad participen en una excursion con su programa de After School Matters.
This list includes more than 20 local organizations, centers and councils that provide resources specifically to LGBTQ youth.
Access this resource here.
If your check has been lost, stolen or destroyed, fill out this form to let After School Matters know! Click below to access the mobile-friendly form. Once your form has been submitted, a member from our Teen Stipends team will contact you with more information.
If your check has expired, you must mail it back to After School Matters at the below address.
After School Matters
ATTN: Teen Stipends
66 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
After School Matters is transitioning away from paper checks and will move towards paying teens via two options: direct deposit or Wisely Pay by ADP Card. The Wisely Pay card is a reloadable prepaid card that teens can keep no matter where they work or what program they’re in. It allows them to receive their stipend or pay immediately, giving them the ability to spend and manage their money easily. The card can be used like a regular debit card at any place that accepts Visa or Mastercard, such as grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations and retail stores.
Learn more about the Wisely Pay card, and find answers to frequently asked questions here.
Learn how to activate the Wisely Pay card here.
We are excited to announce that you will now have the option to receive your stipend and wages electronically. Teens can enroll in direct deposit to make your payday an easier and faster experience! This change would eliminate the distribution of paper checks to your program.
In order to enroll in direct deposit, you will need the following information:
To enroll, please click the link below:
Watch the video below and see how easy it is to enroll in direct deposit.
Also, learn more about being payday ready at ASM-Saves.org.
The Teen Pay and Stipends page is a new way to see if you’re on track to get paid for the current program session. You can access your personal page by logging back into the After School Matters application using your Application ID Number. To access your Fall 2019 personal page, enter your Application ID here. Once logged in, you can navigate to the Teen Pay and Stipends Page and see if you are on track to be paid!
For inquiries related to teen stipends, please call our Teen Stipend Hotline at (312) 768-5199 or email [email protected].