What is After School Matters?

After School Matters is a network of free after-school programs delivering quality educational, recreational, and leisure activities.

Available in the stressed neighbourhoods of Manchester, Old Pine Trail, Rykert in St. Catharines, Warden and Waters neighborhood in Niagara Falls as well as downtown Thorold. These programs mitigate the negative effects of low-income for hundreds of children and youth every year. In spite of the fact that children and youth from low-income families are less likely to graduate high school, less likely to pursue post-secondary education, and more likely to live in poverty as adults, After School Matters is creating a measurable impact.

Holiday Program 2021

The After School Matters holiday program was made possible by many partners and individuals in the community. Over 200 families in four stressed neighborhoods received gifts for every child in their household.

The families and children were waiting at their doorsteps in anticipation for our holiday elves to arrive. It was a truly heartwarming and magical experience for all. We want to thank everyone who gave to the program – as well as the holiday elves who volunteered to deliver each and every package with care.

Thank you for giving the kids and families of After School Matters a holiday to remember once again!

Since Attending:

  • 80% of participants report doing better in school;
  • 85% are more physically active;
  • 78% eat healthy foods more often; and
  • 95% feel better about their future.

For more information, contact Jamie at [email protected] or (905) 688-5050 x 2104.

Programs offered at After School Matters

  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Girls Group
  • Homework Help