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Year Published: 2007
This Chapin Hall study examined Chicago’s After School Matters (ASM) program, which offers paid internships in the arts, technology, sports, and communications to high school students in some of the city’s most underserved schools. The study found positive impacts on students participating in the program when looking at academic performance and school day attendance. Compared with non-participants from the same high schools, ASM participants were more likely to graduate high school and less likely to miss school, fail courses, or dropout. The study also found that the higher the participation in the afterschool program, the greater the positive impact on students’ graduation rates, school day attendance, and course completion.
Program Name: After School Matters
Program Description: After School Matters (ASM), created in 2000, is a non-profit organization that provides high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs to more than 15,000 Chicago high school students each year as of 2016. Through these programs, which offer paid internships to students in the arts, technology, sports, and communication, After School Matters helps youth build positive relationships with adults, acquire workplace skills, and learn about career and education opportunities through apprenticeship opportunities.
Scope of the Evaluation: Local
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: Chicago, IL
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: High School
Program Demographics: This issue brief does not contain demographic data for the students included in this study, but After School Matters programming focuses on reaching low-income, traditionally underserved youth. In 2013, 86 percent of participants received free and reduced price lunch. Fifty-seven percent of participants were African-American, 31 percent were Latino, six percent were multiracial, three percent were Asian, and three percent were white.
Program Website: http://www.afterschoolmatters.org/