May 11th, 2017 12:34 PM
Participants with the After School Matters program, which is now open for enrollment in summer programming. | AustinTalks
After School Matters® is now accepting teen applications for its summer 2017 program session.
More than 600 programs in the arts, communications, science, sports and technology will be offered at more than 60 Chicago public high schools, as well as Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library and community organization locations throughout the city.
Teens can search and apply for summer programs online at afterschoolmatters.org.
In total, more than 12,000 paid apprenticeship and internship opportunities will be available to Chicago high school teens this summer through After School Matters – the biggest session ever.
Summer programs will meet four to five days a week for three to four hours per day over the course of six to seven weeks. Advanced apprenticeship programs begin the week of June 26, and all other programs start the week of July 5.
Participating teens will be eligible to earn a stipend of up to $725 (depending on the program level), and interns can earn $10.50 per hour.
"This summer, After School Matters is providing more opportunities for teens in a single program session than ever before," said Mary Ellen Caron, chief executive officer. "This growth is vital because Chicago's teens deserve safe, productive and inspiring opportunities that will encourage them to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for college, careers and beyond."
Here are some of the programs being offered on the West Side:
All After School Matters programs are free and open to Chicago teen residents who are at least 14 years old (16 for internships) and are high school students, including rising high school freshmen and recently graduated seniors.
As part of the application process, teens interview with program instructors to discuss their interests. Chicago teens are encouraged to apply early, as program opportunities fill up quickly.
For questions about programs and applications, call (312) 742-4182 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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