Nearly 300 Chicago teenagers who participated in After School Matters programs this summer celebrated their accomplishments by showcasing their work at the After School Matters Annual Gala on Tuesday evening. The event, which was attended by approximately 1,000 civic, corporate and community supporters, included a variety of teen performances as well as teen visual art, science and technology displays.
The Annual Gala, held in the Lakeview Terrace and Grand Ballroom of Chicago’s historic Navy Pier, was presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and hosted by Mellody Hobson—Chair of After School Matters and President of Ariel Investments—Nora Daley, E. Robbie Robinson and the After School Matters Board of Directors. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Amy Rule once again served as the Gala’s Honorary Chairs.
“It is critical that the City of Chicago and its partners provide our youth with safe, productive and enriching learning opportunities beyond the classroom to support their overall educational experience,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Our tremendous partnership with After School Matters gives thousands of teenagers across Chicago programs and opportunities in a variety of fields, ensuring they are on the path to a successful future.”