After School Matters

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Employment


66 East Randolph St.Chicago, IL 60601 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To provide Chicago public high school teens opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. We achieve our mission by: Designing and delivering high quality, hands-on, project-based apprenticeship programs in a variety of content areas, including the arts, science, sports, technology and communications. Engaging skilled professionals as instructors who support teens’ growth and development in an intentional and meaningful way. Aligning and maximizing the resources of an extensive network of public-private partnerships to support coordinated and sustainable investment in youth development through school- and community-based programming. Focusing on continuous quality improvement, data-driven and cost-effective decisions, strengthening skills to encourage improved academic outcomes, and positive impacts for teens, schools and communities we serve.


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. Over the past two decades, more than 200,000 teens have participated in our hands-on, project-based after-school and summer programs in the arts, science, sports, technology and communications. Programs take place at locations throughout the city including Chicago public high schools, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library locations, community-based organizations and Downtown at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts.

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Would you recommend After School Matters?
6 reviews Write a review
by Valerie B. (March 4, 2020)
Fun, fast-paced. Enjoyed working behind the scenes for After-School Matters preparing vital materials for students belonging to the program.
by Kwabena D. from GH (October 31, 2016)
Can't seem to get my way around your site
by Lisa G. from Chicago, IL (January 12, 2015)
They seem to do great things for teenagers. I wish all teenagers could have access to all that they do.
by James N. (May 28, 2014)
I believe it is important to empower the next generation of leadership. Because of the state of our streets it is important to keep young people encouraged,inspired and focused on a substantive lifestyle. It is my hope that I can be party to the growth and cultivation of our future leadership.

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