George Lucas, the renowned movie maker and father of Star Wars, announced Wednesday that his foundation will donate $25 million to the Chicago's After School Matters program.
After School Matters was founded by Maggie Daley and gives teens the opportunity to build skillskets through an apprenticeship. The George Lucas Family Foundation's gift will allow the organization to continue providing stipends for teens who participate. It also ensures the program will remain free of charge.
"These funds provide the opportunity for underserved teens to participate in productive and creative after-school programs, while learning critical career and life skills within a safe environment," Lucas said. "Our goal is to support and invest in Chicago’s youth, creating opportunities for them to achieve their full potential and become the strong and innovative leaders of tomorrow."
Mayor Rahm Emanuel thanked the Lucas Foundation for its donation.
"Providing our children with strong enrichment and summer job opportunities does more than offer children the chance to develop strong, responsible work habits or earn money – it also gives kids a safe alternative to spending unsupervised time on the streets," Emanuel said.
The city is also investing $12 million in the program, which will allow an additional 4,400 children to participate.