After School is a private, anonymous, moderated social network for teens. After verification, users can connect with their classmates, share messages on their school’s feed, and find unique opportunities, activities, and support provided by After School and partners.
After School, first launched in November of 2014, was founded by Michael Callahan and Cory Levy of ONE, Inc.
Michael Callahan (Co-Founder, CEO)
Michael Callahan's mission is to improve lives throughout the world by enabling communication through technology.
Before After School, Michael created Audeo, a revolutionary technology that facilitates voiceless communication. The device gives the ability to speak to those with vocal cord or neurological damage and enables thought-controlled wheelchairs. With Audeo, Michael completed the world's first voiceless phone call in 2008, which led Popular Science to award him its Invention of the Year.
Michael graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he was named the College of Engineering's Most Promising Tech Entrepreneur. He also was the first University of Illinois student to win the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.
Cory Levy (Co-Founder, COO)
Cory Levy is the COO and Co-Founder of After School and creator and chair of Internapalooza, an annual event that brings together thousands of Silicon Valley interns to learn from and network with experienced entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
Before launching After School, Cory studied Computer Science at the University of Illinois. He invests in and advises numerous tech companies, including about.me, StageBloc, and Eligible. Cory also serves on the Board of Directors of the international nonprofit DoSomething.org.
Anonymity gives teens the ability to openly and honestly share without the fear of ridicule or judgment. Each day, thousands of students use After School to share doubts, insecurities, and questions that they wouldn't be comfortable posting anywhere else.
All users agree to comply with After School's Community Guidelines and Zero Tolerance Policy against cyberbullying and threats. For more on anonymity and the important role it plays in communication, we recommend the following:
We believe that moderation is an important part of a safe, anonymous environment.
All posts on After School pass through a moderation process before they are posted to the network. This process uses technical and human review to enforce compliance with our Community Guidelines and Zero Tolerance Policy against cyberbullying and threats. Users who violate our Community Guidelines and anti-bullying policies may be banned from After School.
We also empower teens to moderate their school’s network. When a user reports a post, After School immediately removes the post and re-reviews it to ensure it complies with our policies.
“Would You” is an in-app feature that helps users connect with other students and opportunities in a creative and engaging way. Once two users agree to participate in something together, like going to see a movie, getting a cup of coffee, or volunteering at a local homeless shelter, both users will be able to see that the other has agreed. The users then receive additional event details and information.
“Would You” has been used billions of times to date and has helped over 100,000 teens get involved with social campaigns through our partnership with DoSomething.org.
“Photo Roll” is an in-app feature that allows users to share pictures with other students at their school. Each user can choose what and what not to share, and all pictures go through moderation before becoming available to view.
We take extraordinary steps to ensure a safe and secure environment for all of our users. Our verification process keeps those not belonging to a specific high school out of the network. Anonymity protects the identity of users who want to share things they are afraid to mention publicly. Moderation helps protect against bullying and enforce our Zero Tolerance Policy against cyberbullying and threats.
After School also helps teens in need by offering student users help from trained Crisis Counselors from Crisis Text Line free of charge. This has assisted tens of thousands of teens in getting needed advice and support from trained counselors and has helped save lives.
After School takes a multi-level approach to prevent bullying. Our efforts include:
After School is a safe and positive place for teens to connect and share with others at their school. Students must verify their age and school to join a network. To keep After School a safe place, anyone not currently attending a high school is prohibited from joining a school’s feed.
The most important influence on your child’s online behavior is you. After School supports the recommendations of experts that parents begin an ongoing dialogue with their children about digital citizenship.
After School is a closed, teen-only social network. While you can’t join your child’s network, After School has in-app parental controls that allow you to shape when and how your child uses the app. After School also allows you to hide the app from being downloaded by enabling parental controls in the App Store and Google Play Store.
After School is rated 17+ so that parents can hide the app by enabling parental controls in the App Store or Google Play Store. There are several ways parents can restrict or limit access to After School:
Posts can be reported in-app by clicking “report” in the bottom left-hand corner of a post. With a single report, a post is removed and reviewed by moderation. To report content outside of the app, fill out the short report form here and include screenshots of the post(s).