The city wants to use its technology prowess to improve parents’ access to the scattered after-school programs available.
The Chicago Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Cooperative, as one example, counts more than 500 groups running 2,032 out-of-school STEM programs. The city is in the process of creating a Web portal, ChicagoYouthOpportunities.org, to give parents and older students links to the websites of major city agencies and nonprofit organizations that run after-school programs, said Beth Swanson, the mayor’s deputy chief of staff for education. The link is expected to be live this fall.
There also are many after-school activities run by private businesses, such as martial arts classes and music lessons, but those will not be included in the city’s compilation of programs.