Divine Purpose Youth Performing Arts Center
After School Matters is a nonprofit organization that offers Chicago teens free high-quality, out-of-school time opportunities in the arts, science, sports, technology and communications. We primarily serve Chicago Public Schools high school students.
Our hands-on, project-based programs introduce teens to a variety of careers, while helping them develop marketable job skills. After School Matters partners with Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Public Library, and the Chicago Park District to provide program opportunities at safe locations within neighborhoods. We also collaborate with more than 100 community organizations across Chicago.
Our programs will give you a hands-on experience with projects while working alongside skilled professionals who will help you develop job skills and expose you to rewarding careers. When you participate in an After School Matters program, you can increase your confidence, build skills and professional values like excellence, leadership, teamwork, respect, commitment and innovation. After School Matters strives to ensure that all programs are interesting, exciting and relevant to the real world.
Applications for the Summer 2017 program session are now open! You must complete the online application, and then interview or audition in order to be accepted into a program. Not all teens who apply will be interviewed or auditioned, and not all teens who interview or audition will be accepted.