|Photo from After School Matters|
Motivational author, Brian Tracy writes, "Optimists seek the valuable lesson in every setback or reversal. Rather than getting upset and blaming someone else for what has happened, they take control over their emotions by saying, 'What can I learn from this experience?'"
Chicago is one of those cities that pundits often point out as a failed system, when, in fact, the city and the inner city actively works to raise the future of its youth through programs like After School Matters -- After School Matters® is a non-profit organization that provides life-changing after-school and summer program opportunities to more than 15,000 Chicago high school teens each year.
From the nonprofit's website the mission is: To provide Chicago public high school teens opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond.
We achieve our mission by:
Designing and delivering high quality, hands-on, project-based apprenticeship programs in a variety of content areas, including the arts, communications, science, sports and technology.
Engaging skilled professionals as instructors who support teens’ growth and development in an intentional and meaningful way.
Aligning and maximizing the resources of an extensive network of public-private partnerships – including Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Library, and hundreds of community organizations throughout the city – to coordinate and sustain investment in youth development through school- and community-based programming.
Focusing on continuous quality improvement, data-driven and cost-effective decisions, strengthening skills to encourage improved academic outcomes, and positive impacts for teens, schools and communities we serve.
Enjoy this video showcasing Chicago teens in a 'Glory' production.