Celebrating #ASMTogether is a virtual event on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, bringing the communities of Chicago together to showcase the amazing talent and perseverance of the teens at After School Matters!

To join us for a live stream of this event, visit our website at 5:45 pm on September 22

Chicago’s teens need champions like you to bring them the supplies for remote program opportunities and the motivation to stay connected to caring mentors and peers this school year.  

We are excited to announce that any donations made before Wednesday, September 23 will be fully matched by a generous anonymous supporter! Start a peer-to-peer fundraising page today to invite your friends and families to support.

Together, we will provide equitable access to after school programming to young people who want to explore their passions and develop their skills for their future.

Donor Giving Levels

$25 can support a teen’s stipend to participate in a virtual event showcasing their talents.


$50 can supply a teen with supplies for a remote painting or drawing program.

$100 can purchase a supply kit for a teen to participate in a robotics or culinary program.

$500 could purchase a Chromebook and Wi-Fi hotspot a teen needs for remote engagement.

$1,000 can cover 3 trauma-informed instructor trainings to ensure teens have vital mental health supports. 

After School Matters is proud to showcase the incredible artistic talents of Chicago’s teens!

These one-of-a-kind creations are available for purchase at the After School Matters online Gift Shop shop.afterschoolmatters.org.

We are also pleased to offer the ability for you to commission or consign work by a teen or an ASM program.

Gift cards make the perfect holiday gift! Order yours today. All proceeds from sales and commissions support After School Matters and our talented teens.

About After School Matters

For over 30 years ASM has been providing state-of-the-art programming in the areas of Arts, Communications & Leadership, Sports, and STEM to teens who need it most. Our staff have been working tirelessly this summer to re-envision our original program model and roll out safe, equitable and innovative learning opportunities in a remote setting.

This summer by the numbers:

10,000 teens participated in nearly 400 programs remotely

5,000 program supply packets were delivered to teens’ homes

1,100 computers/tablets/hotspots were distributed to teens and instructors

20,000 stipend payments went to ASM Teens

100,000+ meals were provided to the ASM Community

Our work is far from done! For every teen who applies for our programming, one has to be turned away. 90% of our teens come from areas hit hardest by the pandemic, resulting in food instability, economic instability and mental health concerns. So we are doubling down on our efforts to broaden support offerings like handing out meals to teens’ families and providing connections to counselors for teens who’ve suffered trauma.

Thank you for being a part of this important work of showing our teens how much they matter! We are stronger when we are #ASMTogether!

Mellody Hobson and George Lucas

The Malkin Family

Robbie and D'Rita Robinson

Pat and Shirley Ryan

Dona and Sam Scott Foundation





The Comer Foundation Fund

William M. Daley and Bernadette Keller

Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation

Fifth Third Bank

Matt and Denise Gibson

Robert Judelson

Bill Miller

Neal & Leroy, LLC

John and Alexandra Nichols

Northern Trust

Pritzker Foundation

The Vistria Group


Rita and John Canning

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Clare Munana, Blue Fund

Ulta Beauty

United Scrap Metal, Inc.


Baldwin Richardson Foods

Civiltech Engineering, Inc.

Eckenhoff Saunders Architects

Global Payments Inc.

Infrastructure Engineering Foundation

David and Donna Johnson

Roger and Alvina Kiley

Marmon Holdings, Inc.

Andrew J. McKenna


The Rooney Family

SB Friedman Development Advisors

Tawana Tibbs and Bruce Gordon

Trian Fund Management, L.P.

United Airlines

Ventas, Inc.

Victory Park Capital

Neal Zucker and Marko Iglendza