'After School Matters' program in Chicago Loop

April 15, 2008 3:50:43 PM PDT
Hundreds of Chicago students showed off their talents Tuesday night as part of the city's After School Matters program.People arrived Tuesday evening for the event being held at the Chicago Theatre.

After School Matters is a year-round arts, sports and technology program for Chicago teens. It grew out of the Gallery 37 project, conceived by First Lady of Chicago Maggie Daley.

"We've got to know that our city's youth, I think, are good kids, and we need to give them as many opportunities where they can show their possibilities," Maggie Daley said.

Teens who participate in the After School Matters program are reported to have higher graduation rates and lower drop-out rates.