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After School Matters Council

After School Matters (ASM) Council’s mission is to bring youth voice and youth expertise to program and policies involving the youth programming of After School Matters.

This council acts as a special teen advisory board to After School Matters, the Chicago nonprofit dedicated to providing out-of-school time programming to students across the city. The ASM Council brings youth voice to the organization and helps to support it by serving as marketing researchers and general advisors on topics such as what programs teens are most interested and website accessibility.

Notable Achievements:

  • Created a blueprint for infusing STEM learning into Arts programming at ASM.
  • Surveyed over 450 youth to present recommendations on ways to make museums more engaging for teens.
  • Produced an informational video and manual on best practices for after school program providers based on surveys and interviews of Chicago youth.

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Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle


of Mikva alumni are registered voters, vs. only 53% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide


of Mikva alumni encourage their friends and family to be politically engaged, vs. only 35% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide


students from 117 schools nationwide presented speeches and/or worked on civic action projects


of Mikva alumni continue to volunteer in their communities, vs. only 36% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide


young people served in the Chicagoland area, California and Washington DC


students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season


Chicagoland teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs

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