This week, President and CEO Gabrielle Kurlander traveled to Dallas, Texas with a team of All Stars Project staff members and champions to accept the 2016 Simmons Luminary Award from the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Inspired by the power of learning to illuminate and improve society, the Luminary Award honors individuals and organizations which have shown extraordinary commitment to improving people's lives through education. We were both honored and humbled to accept this award!

All Stars Project 2016 national gala honorees and their co-chairs are rolling up their sleeves to help young people grow and develop across the country! Even as they help raise $2 million for the April 18th National Gala at Lincoln Center to support all six of our cities, they carve out time in their busy schedules to work directly with inner-city young people in our programs.

In the December 21, 2015 print edition and online, the Chicago Tribune takes a thoughtful look at the power of the All Stars Project's Development School for Youth to connect inner city young people and business leaders to engage national issues - including poverty, youth development and unemployment. This feature article includes insights from All Stars CEO Gabrielle Kurlander, ASP Chicago City Leader David Cherry, as well as longtime ASP supporter and AMLI Residential CEO Greg Mutz, and the moving story of DSY Chicago alumnus Dawn Harris.

Click here to read the article.

The All Stars Project is proud to announce that in partnership with the New York City Police Department (NYPD), we have been awarded the 2015 IACP and Cisco Community Policing Award from The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids.

The award rewards best practices in community policing by recognizing police organizations and community partners that are forging positive relationships to make communities safer. The NYPD and ASP/Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids earned the honor for cities worldwide having a population of greater than 250,000.

The NYPD and the All Stars Project will be recognized at the IACP Annual Conference Oct. 24-27, 2015 in Chicago, IL.

On Feb 4th, All Stars Project of Chicago proudly accepted a $30,000 donation from the law firm Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, on the occasion of the firm's 30th Anniversary.

"Neal Gerber Eisenberg, its partners, and employees have supported my work to build All Stars Project of Chicago since day one," said All Stars Project of Chicago City Leader David Cherry. "They truly illustrate how Chicago's business community can support the growth and development of our city's poorest youth."

Managing Partner Scott Fischer presented the firm's gift to David Cherry and DSY alumni Shanaya Hopkins and Anthony Reyes, both of whom completed their DSY internships at Neal Gerber Eisenberg.

Yesterday, the All Stars Project annual Learning from Leaders Benefit Luncheon raised a record-breaking $620,000 for inner-city youth and shined a light on our Development School for Youth (DSY) supporters who have embraced the All Stars approach of "involvement philanthropy." 

We were proud to honor Amy Doyle, EVP of VH1 & Logo, Kevin Kelley, CEO of Ironshore Inc. and distinguished scholar and Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Khalil Gibran Muhammad along with others who have made a difference not only financially but also by becoming personally involved with All Stars Project programs.

The All Stars Project is pleased to announce the addition of Peter Langerman to the board of directors. Mr. Langerman, President and CEO of Franklin Mutual Advisers, LLC became a donor of the All Stars Project in 2007 and was an early and significant supporter of its campaign to establish the Scott Flamm Center for Afterschool Development in Newark.

Mr. Langerman has worked extensively with the All Stars Project of New Jersey Development School for Youth (DSY), leading numerous workshops and introducing All Stars to colleagues at Franklin Mutual Advisers. Mr. Langerman joined the All Stars Project of New Jersey Board of Directors in 2014 and has been enthusiastic about the growth of All Stars in New Jersey and nationally. He is actively partnering with All Stars Project President and CEO, Gabrielle Kurlander, to advance All Stars' strategy to support the significant growth of the organization into a national leader in the afterschool arena.

Dallas' First Annual Benefit Luncheon, Building Bridges Across Dallas was on Tuesday, November 17th at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. It was a wonderful celebration of Building Bridges and how that creates hope and opportunity for young people growing up in the poorest communities of Dallas.  

Transforming Lives. Building Community.

In her monthly blog, President and CEO Gabrielle Kurlander shares her thoughts, reflections and insights as the All Stars Project continues to build the field of Afterschool Development as a new way of engaging poverty.  Read her full blog here.

A look at the All Stars Talent Show Network

UX, the newest initiative of the All Stars Project, is a school of continuing development. It's free, open to people of all ages and educational backgrounds, has no grades and uses New York City as its campus. UX holds lectures, classes and workshops, and takes field trips to cultural, political, business, and educational institutions. Join us! MORE INFORMATION.




Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids