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Nearly $3 million raised for After School Matters, which gives Chicago teens ‘the tools they need to survive’

The Wintrust Arena was filled with nearly 800 civic, corporate and community leaders who came out to support the After School Matters annual gala, this year centered on the theme “Building the Future.” The gala, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and hosted by the After School Matters board of directors Sept. 24, featured vocal and dance performances by teens in ASM programs, as well as an exhibit showcasing their work with displays in music, drawing, painting, glassworks, photography and more.

Via video, an instructor from Fenger High School, Sprinng Stadeker, shared details about After School Matters’ 3-year-old Peacemaker Program that targets teens (60% males) and focuses on conflict resolution.

(Candace Jordan, Chicago Tribune)

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