After School Matters student art depicts path to bright future - New York News

After School Matters student art depicts path to bright future

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The stats speak for themselves. Every 26 seconds, a student drops out of high school.

High school dropouts commit about 75 percent of crimes in the United States.

A high school dropout will earn $200,000 less than a graduate in their lifetime.

It's a Goliath-sized problem being met with David-sized solutions. But After School Matters has taken the first step on the journey to answers. Last year, 88 percent of seniors in the program graduated from high school.

After School Matters provides an alternative option for Chicago high school students after the final bell rings. From science to music, students can follow their passions on a journey to discover their potential and find their future.

For those that choose the arts, their efforts lead them to 66 East Randolph. The After School Matters Retail Store that celebrates and sells the incredible work the students create.

Associate Director of Events Anne Schmitz says the store is all about stories. Each piece of art is labeled with a sticker that tells the history of the student who created it, putting a face to the success of the program.

The money raised through sales is then cycled back around to the after school programs, creating an incredible circle of opportunity for Chicago kids who need it.

Life doesn't end when the bell rings. If these pieces teach us anything, it's just beginning.

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