BENEFITING: AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS INC
ORGANIZER: AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS INC
EVENT: 2016 Shamrock Shuffle 8K
EVENT DATE: Apr 03, 2016
Hi all! I have had the pleasure of working for After School Matters or being connected in some way for almost five years now, and I am confident that supporting this organization is the best possible way you can stand up for Chicago's teens. If you ever want to talk more about our work, visit our programs, or meet the most amazing young people in the city, that would make me very happy so please reach out. I am enormously grateful for your support. Now let's raise some money! #TeensMATTER - michael
AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS -
After School Matters provides life-changing after-school and summer program opportunities for more than 15,000 unique Chicago high school teens each year. Our high quality, project-based apprenticeship and internship programs - in the arts, communications, science, sports and technology - give teens a safe place to go and an exciting, productive experience during those critical times after the school day ends, and during the summer.
89 percent of our teens live in high-poverty neighborhoods. Unfortunately, our teens speak regularly about the violence and crime they witness in their communities. But 92% of our seniors graduated recently. Our teens' Freshmen On-Track rate is 91%. By the time they graduate, 85% of our teens have applied to a post-secondary school. After School Matters teens are discovering their unlimited potential.
Last year, we had capacity to serve more than 15,000 individual teens through 22,000 opportunities over three program sessions. But nearly 40,000 teens applied for those opportunities. We will not be satisfied until every teen who wants an opportunity has one. Thank you so much for your support. Thank you for telling Chicago's teens that they matter.