CHICAGO (CBS) — Mellody Hobson and her husband George Lucas are holding a fundraising gala at Navy Pier for the After School Matters program. Last year, the couple gave $25 million to the program.
CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports artwork created by about 300 teenagers who participated in the program in the summer fills the gallery at Navy Pier. It is just a sampling of the work as 8,000 participated this summer.
Mellody Hobson, the chairwoman for After School Matters, says the program is about much more than art.
“There are 1,000 programs, we offer 22,000 afterschool opportunities to teens in this city so it’s massive,” Hobson said. “You can do the opera, you can do the robot, you can do these beautiful benches that are here, you can do farm-to-table classes. You name, it we have it.”
After School Matters student Ireti Akinrinade says she never imagined learning how to weld.
“That was something I was able to do at the Engineering Wonder Program through Redmoon Theater,” Akinranade said.
After School Matters was started by the late Maggie Daley, the wife of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.