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After School Matters Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2012 Programs

Approximately 6,000 program opportunities will be available to teens across the city


CHICAGO — After School Matters is now accepting applications for its summer program session, which begins June 25. Programs in the arts, communications, science, sports and technology will be offered at more than 100 community organizations, Chicago Public Schools, 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 6,000 program opportunities will be available to Chicago teens this summer.


After School Matters unique programs offer teens an opportunity to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. A few of the innovative programs being offered include:

  • Wicked Truth Film Production-tech37 (Alternatives, Inc. in Uptown) — This program introduces Chicago teens to the theory and technique of digital filmmaking. Teens will work on all aspects of the production process, creating video projects that explore issues in their communities.
  • Junior Research Scientists-science37 (Columbia College Chicago in the South Loop) — Teens will gain hands-on, in-laboratory training in molecular biology and alternative energy technologies, developing skills related to cancer biology, alternative energy technologies and computer animation.
  • Summer Rowing-sports37 (Chicago Training Center at Gage Park) — Through the sport of competitive rowing, teens will challenge themselves to achieve their athletic and academic potential in a nurturing environment. This program, which culminates in a rowing regatta, motivates teens to become physically fit, build teamwork, self-esteem and leadership skills, while also developing and advancing their educational and life goals.
  • Beverage Industry Products and Profits-tech37 (Austin Business and Entrepreneurship Academy in Austin) — Teens in this program will learn about various aspects of the multi-billion dollar local and global non-alcoholic beverage industry, as well as entrepreneurship.
  • Joffrey Ballet-gallery37 (Joffrey Tower in the Loop) — Working with The Joffrey Ballet’s professional dancers, teens in this program will be introduced to a variety of dance genres that will enhance their technique and life skills.
  • Radio Arte-words37 (Radio Arte/WRTE-FM in Pilsen) — During the course of this radio journalism program, teens will produce multimedia pieces, lead a peer workshop and contribute to current WRTE productions.

All After School Matters programs, which run for six-to-eight 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, as well as for programs in and around their neighborhood, at www.afterschoolmatters.org. In order to participate, teens must apply online for programs and meet with program instructors to discuss and present their skills and interests.


Founded in 1991 by former Chicago First Lady Maggie Daley, After School Matters provides teens with opportunities to discover their potential and find their path to a meaningful life. This summer, After School Matters will be using the $2 million allocated by the City of Chicago from its planned crackdown on scofflaws to expand the number of program opportunities offered by 50 percent.


“We are grateful to the City of Chicago for their continued support of After School Matters and look forward to expanding the number of teens we can serve in our meaningful, safe and structured programs this summer,” said Raymond Orozco, chief executive officer of After School Matters. “Developing programs that are engaging and accessible inspires us as we work toward our vision to provide Chicago teens with opportunities to discover their potential and find their path to a meaningful life.”


Multiple independent studies and recent data have confirmed that teens who participate in After School Matters apprenticeship programs have fewer course failures, better attendance and higher high school graduation rates. In fact, After School Matters teens who participate for three or more program cycles were found to enroll in college at an 18 percent higher rate and attend nearly 12 more days of high school annually than their CPS peers.


For more information about After School Matters and to apply for summer programs, visit www.afterschoolmatters.org. Teens should apply early, as program opportunities fill up quickly! Follow the organization on Twitter @aftrschoolmttrs and on Facebook at facebook.com/afterschoolmatters.



Founded in 1991 by former Chicago First Lady Maggie Daley, who served as its Board Chair until her passing in 2011, After School Matters is a nonprofit organization that offers Chicago high school teens high quality, out-of-school-time opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. Over the past two decades, more than 100,000 teens have participated in our hands-on, project-based arts, communications, science, sports and technology programs at Chicago public high schools, community locations across the city and Downtown at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts. After School Matters programs are developed and delivered through a network of public and private partnerships, including Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Library and a wide range of community organizations.

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