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After School Matters Now Accepting Applications for Fall Programs

After School Matters is now accepting applications for its Fall program session, which begins September 17. Programs in the arts, communications, science, sports and technology will be offered at 53 Chicago Public Schools high schools, more than 100 community organizations, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library locations across the city, as well as Downtown at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts. In total, approximately 7,000 opportunities in more than 300 programs will be available to Chicago teens this fall.

“After School Matters allows teens to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond,” said Mary Ellen Caron, chief executive officer of After School Matters. “By supporting their development of skills in these content areas as well as important career readiness skills, we help them discover their potential and find their path to a meaningful life.”

All After School Matters programs, which typically meet three days a week for 75-90 hours over the course of 10-to-16 weeks, are free and open to all Chicago teen residents who are at least 14 years of age, and entering or currently enrolled in high school. Teens can search for programs that interest them at locations in and around their neighborhood, at

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