After School Matters (ASM) is a seasonal program for teens, ages 14-18. ASM offers a wide variety of programs in a wide diversity of subjects and gives students stipends for their work.
There are over 23,000 program opportunities throughout different Chicago neighborhoods. These programs range from photography, journalism, music production, health and nutrition, and many more. Teens also have the chance to take on different roles – being an apprentice, advanced apprentice, assistantship, and even interns.
ASM teaches teens all over Chicago hands-on job skills for the future. The instructors are very well trained and experienced.
I spoke to a few teens that have joined the ASM family on how the program has affected their lives.
“It’s a positive impact on kids especially me. It’s almost like a real job, you experience how to be more responsible,” Jose Lopez from program Sports 37 said.
“ASM really helped me come out of my shell and I learned how to be more confident because of ASM,” Mia Aguilar, from program HHW vocal ensemble said.
“ASM has given me the opportunity to meet people from all over Chicago,” said Shrdha Shrestha, from programs HHW Vocal Art Ensemble and COT at Senn said.
“The program is tight-knit and will always welcome you with open arms. Even after you leave, you will forever be part of the family”.
This summer RogersEdge Reporter will join the ASM family. The student reporters will learn how to write articles and make videos based on local news around the neighborhoods of Edgewater and Rogers Park.