Grammy winner Alicia Keys joined teenagers and their families across Chicago Sept. 24 for a live virtual conversation about current racial and social justice events, as well as her life and music career, including her recently released album, ALICIA.
"After School Matters Presents: A Conversation with Alicia Keys" was hosted by After School Matters board chair, business leader and philanthropist Mellody Hobson, as well as two Chicago teen co-hosts.
Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson joined the event to voice their support for teens. Over the hour-long program, the hosts asked Alicia questions submitted by After School Matters teens who were tuning into the live virtual conversation.
"I deeply value opportunities like this to connect to our country's next generation of leaders, and after talking with and hearing from the amazing teens in Chicago's After School Matters program, I have a renewed sense of hope for our collective future," said Keys after the event. "Chicago teens reflect the incredible energy and passion for progress that youth all across the country embody, especially right now. In these times of challenge and uncertainty, we have to step up to encourage, empower and embrace each other and give special energy to the young people in our lives! We know they are going to fix this thing!!"
See AfterSchoolMatters.org .