After School Matters
The After School Matters Annual Gala celebrates the incredible accomplishments of Chicago’s teens while raising important revenue to continue providing over 24,000 program opportunities each year to well-deserving teens throughout the city. Funds raised through the event will support teen opportunities in the arts, communications and leadership, sports, and STEM.
Since 1991, After School Matters’ innovative and engaging after-school and summer programs have impacted more than 200,000 teens from communities throughout Chicago, providing them with opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for success in college, careers and beyond. These programs provide a safe space for teens to foster positive relationships with professional instructors and fellow teens throughout the city. Our nationally-recognized approach, incorporating project-based learning and 21st century skill development, not only enriches lives but also helps to revitalize underserved neighborhoods by leveraging existing resources and infrastructure and fostering partnerships with other organizations, companies and institutions.