Youth Development

After School Matters

  • Chicago, IL
  • www.afterschoolmatters.org

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.

Main Programs

  1. After School Matters
Service Areas

Self-reported

Illinois

After School Matters is a Chicago-based non-profit organization with a mission to provide Chicago public high school teens opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond.

ruling year

2001

Chief Executive Officer

Self-reported

Mary Ellen Caron

Keywords

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Chicago, after school, youth development, community, teens, youth

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EIN

36-4409182

 Number

6078432103

Physical Address

66 East Randolph Street

Chicago, IL 60601

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

After School Matters

After School Matters impacts Chicago public high school teens by offering innovative out-of-school time programming in the arts, science, sports, technology and communications. Through over 700 programs annually, teens are provided hands-on, project-based opportunities while engaging with independent instructors and community based organizations.

  

Our specific program offerings include:
 

 

 

gallery37 - teaching teens specialized artistic skills and developing their artistic voices through programs in the visual, performing, musical and culinary arts
 

 

 

science37 - strengthening teens' scientific aptitude while piquing their intellectual curiosity through programs in applied, natural and social sciences
 

 

 

sports37 – certifying teens to officiate and become junior coaches across various national organizations
 

 

 

tech37 – developing teens’ skills in audio/visual, information and industrial technology
 

 

 

words 37 – encouraging interest in media, journalism and the literary field, including verse, prose and debate

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$24,467,727.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Illinois

After School Matters is a Chicago-based non-profit organization with a mission to provide Chicago public high school teens opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond.

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Financials

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AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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After School Matters

Leadership

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Chief Executive Officer

Mary Ellen Caron

STATEMENT FROM THE Chief Executive Officer

"Two decades ago, After School Matters was born through the passion and commitment of Founder and Chair Maggie Daley, who recognized the need for transformative youth programming in Chicago to help teens embrace their talents and increase their confidence. Today, After School Matters is an organization, hailed nationally and internationally, for its development and delivery of high-quality out-of-school time programs in the arts, science, sports, technology and communications. We are grateful for Mrs. Daley’s forward thinking and passion — her vision and legacy will guide us as we plan and implement innovative ideas to guide us through the next 20 years.

When it comes to youth development programs, high school teens are often forgotten. Some believe that children must be engaged in programs at a younger age to have a lasting impact and that once teens enter high school, it is too late to make a difference.

After School Matters believes that it is never "too late". High school is the most important time for them to explore their skills and interests with the support and encouragement of other motivated teens and skilled adult mentors.

Every Chicago public high school student should have the opportunity to participate in out-of-school time programming and the positive impact it provides, including the development of critical career readiness skills they need to 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, higher high school graduation rates and increased college enrollment."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mellody Hobson

Ariel Investments, Inc.

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