On Saturday, May 4th, the All Stars Project sponsored Community Action Day to spark new conversations about violence in Chicago and take a step towards creating new solutions.
The All Stars Project organized over 225 volunteers, including All Stars of Chicago youth, staff, donors and business partners, to go out into the streets of the South and West Sides of Chicago and talk, one on one, with Chicagoans about what can be done to address the issue in their neighborhoods.
If you would like to volunteer for ongoing Community Action Day activities, call 312-360-0660 or email ChicagoVolunteer@allstars.org.
On Sunday April 28, All Stars Project co-founder Dr. Lenora Fulani was the featured speaker at an invited Presidential Session of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting in San Francisco. Dr. Fulani presented her new special report, The Development Line: Helping the Poor to Grow and interviewed three youth leaders from the All Stars Project of the San Francisco Bay Area. Zechariah Mays, Raven Sisco and Daniel Hernandez shared their experiences of growing up poor and coming to terms with poverty as part of their process of growth and development.
Investors Bank President and CEO and NJ President's Committee member, Kevin Cummings has recently joined the Board of the All Stars Project of New Jersey, reinforcing his belief in the value of building alliances between private sector companies and not-for-profit organizations.
Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, has long supported the All Stars, including the construction and recent opening of the beautiful, 9,000 square foot Scott Flamm Center for Afterschool Development in downtown Newark.
The All Stars Project announces the publication of a special report by co-founder and developmental psychologist Lenora B. Fulani, Ph.D. entitled, The Development Line: Helping the Poor to Grow.
Dr. Fulani presented the paper on Sunday, April 28 at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting in San Francisco at a special Presidential Session entitled Education, Poverty and Development: Breakthroughs in Addressing the Subjectivity of Poverty. The conference attracted 14,000 educators and researchers from across the United States.
Carmen's Place (A Fantasy) opened its 7-week run to a sold-out house at the Castillo Theatre on Friday, April 26. The musical, with book and lyrics by Fred Newman and music by Annie Roboff and Newman, is directed by Gabrielle L. Kurlander, the president and CEO of the All Stars Project, Inc. Her production of Sally and Tom (The American Way) won last year's AUDELCO Award for Musical Production of the Year. Featuring some of the opera's best-loved music as well as six original show tunes, Carmen's Place runs through June 16: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. For tickets, call the Castillo Box Office, 212-941-1234, www.castillo.org.
On Saturday, April 13, just weeks after the grand opening of the Scott Flamm Center for Afterschool Development, the All Stars Project of New Jersey debuted Have You Ever Seen A Dream Rapping? - a play featuring New Jersey All Stars Founding Director Gloria Strickland, Nichelle "BrownEyes" Brown and five All Stars youth.
Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech inspired the youth performances -- original rhymes, poems and hip-hop dances.
On April 8th, 2013 the All Stars celebrated our National Gala Benefit at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Over 450 guests attended the black tie affair, which raised $2 million for the All Stars Project's programs in New York City and Newark.
The gala was hosted by ABC-TV news anchor Diana Williams and honored five corporate and non-profit leaders for opening doors and giving opportunities to youth: Gloria Strickland, founding director, All Stars Project of NJ; Sara Mathew, Chairman and CEO, D&B; Kate Barton, Vice Chair, Ernst & Young; Deborah Green, Senior Researcher, Elliott Management Corp. and Stephanie Hunt, Co-founder of the Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity in Dallas.
The All Stars Project of New Jersey Scott Flamm Center for Afterschool Development is now open! The All Stars marked this occasion with two special events. On Thursday, March 14, we officially opened the center at 33 Washington Street in downtown Newark with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Two days later, 357 people - youth, donors, volunteer, and staff - saw the center, toasted our students, and saw youth performances at our Grand Opening celebration.