The All Stars Project of New Jersey
was launched in 1999 in Newark and now reaches more than 2,000 young people every
year through two core programs: the All Stars Talent Show Network and the Development School for Youth. In 2010, the All Stars established a
new initiative: UX, a university-like development institution
for people of all ages. The All Stars has partnerships with 80 corporations
throughout New Jersey and hundreds of corporate leaders, philanthropists and
caring adults and families have come together with young people from New
Jersey's poorest communities to grow the All Stars.
New Jersey All Stars Scott Flamm Center for Afterschool Development to Open in 2013
December 2011, the All Stars Project signed a lease for 9,000 square feet of
prime space at 33 Washington Street in the heart of downtown Newark to
establish the New Jersey All Stars Center for Afterschool Development. Preeminent
architect and All Stars Project national board member, Douglas Balder completed
a cutting-edge design, and the project moved on to the next phase of
construction planning and build out. When it opens in early 2013, the NJ All Stars
Center will be an exciting new resource for Newark, and provide support for
ongoing qualitative growth of the ASP's youth development programs in New
Jersey. Click here to see the design and construction progress.
New Jersey Expansion Campaign
Under the leadership of the New Jersey Board,
Stars of New Jersey's four-year $9.2 million expansion campaign began in 2010 with three goals: 1) qualitatively expand programming to reach many more young
people; 2) open the NJ All Stars Center for Afterschool Development; and 3)
establish university partnerships and the Institute for the Study of Play to
advance academic study and training in afterschool development.
To date, more than $7 million has been
raised, with the number of individual donors increasing to more than 550. The center is being named in honor of Scott Flamm in
remembrance of his dedication to developing inner-city youth.
Institute for the Study of Play
Institute for the Study of Play (ISP),
a new ASP initiative to partner with academic institutions focusing on
advancing the field of developmental afterschool and other innovative solutions
to urban poverty and underdevelopment, will be headquartered at the NJ All Stars
Center. Partnering with ASP's VP/Education Initiatives, Dr. Bonny Gildin,
Montclair State University's School of Education and Human Services offered the
country's first-ever course on innovations in afterschool, and students
participated in fieldwork and semester-long internships with All Stars programs
in Newark and New York City. The ISP will be formally launched soon after the
2013 opening of the NJ All Stars Center.