Beyond Rhyme and Reason, a music group sponsored by After School Matters, works on a mix. The organization's registration process for its spring programming is open now. | Bob Mead/Mead Communications.

After School Matters, the youth development organization that facilitates more than 300 programs in a variety of disciplines, will be accepting teen applications for its spring program session.

According to a recent release, the organization will offer more than 7,000 paid apprenticeship and internship opportunities to Chicago high school teenagers.

“Spring programs will meet approximately three days a week for three hours per day over the course of 12 weeks. Participating teens will be eligible to earn a stipend of between $275 and $425 (depending on the program level), and interns can earn $10.00 per hour.”

Interested teenagers can search program offerings and apply at All of the programs are free and available for Chicago teenage students at least 14 years old (while internships are available for teenagers who are at least 16 years old) and currently enrolled in high school.

“Chicago teens are encouraged to apply early, as program opportunities fill up quickly. New application features include an interactive map to help teens search for programs, and a fully responsive mobile functionality. For questions about programs and applications, call 312-742-4182 or email”