Nightly News | January 04, 2010
>>> a difference" rert. in t city of chicago , as y may well know, the name dal gets se attention. sometimes it's mayorly. sometimes it's mrs. daly , maggie daly , the fir lady of chicago . twdecades ago, it occurred to her thatdle time after school can be a bad thi f kids who might be up to nogood. as a result, the day now goes nger for my of them because of the nee to turn out better kids. the story tight fm c's rehe ellis.
reporr: hen the deay gang beati of a 16-year-old honor stent in chicago was caught on tape recently, it struck a raw nerve. it even g washington's atteion and led ta rare meeting between federal offials an area teens.
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>> reporter: and officials say they need hel to eate more programs le this. providing opportunities for suess someeens ner imagined. i had no idea how to paint when i started. now i know more. now i can ll melf a multimia arst.
reporter: it's chicago 's nonprofit progm, aer school matters. up to 25,000 high hools around the cit keepearning long aer the final bell.
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>> rorte chicago 's first lady, ggie daly , spearheaded the idea almost0 years ago. hat time from after school till 7:00 is suchulnerable sometime for so many youngsters. so why not -- et's not make it vulnerable. les make it great.
>> reporter:hrough apprenticeships, tee get training and out of school exriencenne of five different ars. art students have their work professionally displed and sold, while student her in the spts program learn how t coach. and like everything else about afr school matters, there are real life incentives. at t end ofhe ten-week program, they get paid and get th chance for a job toeach younger kids sports. e program with training from professionalnstructors has had a measurable impact onkids.
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>> reporter: according to a 2005 study, teens in afterchool matts stayed out of trouble more and were nearly 2 1 times more likely to graduate than students who did not participate. crucial training with a learning continued beyond school. rehema ellisnbc news, chicago .