George Lucas, Mellody Hobson donate $25M to After School Matters

December 4, 2013 (CHICAGO)

Mellody Hobson wanted the teens who are benefitting from this donation to know that they have powerful and committed friends who want to give them every chance at fullfilling their life ambition, and that's what she is hoping to do with this gift.

On Wednesday, students from the After School Matters program made artwork and cooked up some special recipes-- activities that will continue thanks to the generous donation from Star Wars creator George Lucas and his wife, financial investor Mellody Hobson.

"Investing in young people is the best investment of all. There is no better use for the money," said Hobson.

Hobson and Lucas donated $25 million, funds that will provide a stipend for students.

"They can pursue their interest and passion without getting a job and still have money," said Mary Ellen Caron, After School Matters.

Hobson is chairman of the board for the program launched by Chicago's former First Lady Maggie Daley, who passed away two years ago.

"She will know in heaven that the teens of Chicago are being looked after," said Hobson.

These students say the program has had an immeasurable impact on their life.

"I like the experience I can use later in the future for jobs and college," said Damerrick Perry, student.

Hobson says the funds are being donated from the George Lucas Family Foundation. The contribution will be made over a five-year period. The CEO of the program says that will ensure After School Matters operates through the year 2020.

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