All Stars Project of New Jersey is proud to announce its 2nd annual conference, Afterschool: Growth!, which will take place on Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the All Stars Project of New Jersey Scott Flamm Center for Afterschool Development, 33 Washington Street, Newark. Afterschool: Growth! is an opportunity for Newark and New Jersey afterschool practitioners, innovators, community members and young people to come together and continue an all-important "grassroots conversation" about how afterschool helps youth to grow, and how we can keep growing the afterschool movement.
In late April the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, both at Stanford University in Palo Alto, and the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco (CIIS), hosted presentations by All Stars' co-founder Dr. Lenora Fulani and Dr. Karl Alexander, Academy Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. Director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and Stanford Sociology Professor David Grusky introduced Drs. Alexander and Fulani and their presentations on Breaking Down the Myths of Poverty. At CIIS they were welcomed by CIIS President, Joseph Subbiondo.
After 18 months of growing the All Stars Project in Dallas, our teams have officially launched the Development School for Youth (DSY)! Thirty-five youth attended Orientation on April 2nd at Ernst & Young. During the evening, our young people spoke about their desire to reach their dreams, their commitment to growing and their excitement at having new opportunities through participation in the DSY.
DIRECTV, one of the world's leading providers of satellite television entertainment services, was a Corporate Honoree at All Stars Project's April 13th National Gala, "Development Country: America's Business Support America's Youth" in recognition of its unique and broad support for the Afterschool Development programs of the All Stars.
The benefit raised $2 million in private funding for All Stars programs around the country. DIRECTV Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer Paul Guyardo accepted the recognition on behalf of DIRECTV.
One of All Stars Project's newest corporate partners, Viacom, was honored at the All Stars Project Lincoln Center gala benefit. The American global mass media company began partnering with All Stars after an enthusiastic introduction and endorsement by board member Fred Salerno. The program activities have been led by MTV EVP of Music & Talent Amy Doyle and dozens of Viacom team members who have been volunteering with All Stars via Viacommunity Day.
At the All Stars Project gala benefit at Lincoln Center, longtime All Stars Project corporate partner MetLife received a special honor for its support of our innovative youth development programs. The annual event, this year themed "Development Country: America's Business Support America's Youth," raised $2 million in private funding for ASP programs across the country.
Nearly a thousand people came out to DeWitt Clinton High School to support our young people for our first All Stars Talent Show at the end of February. The show featured 206 performers, 58 volunteers and 695 cheering families, friends and community-members in the audience.
The All Stars Project of Bridgeport (ASPB) celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a cross-generational, multi-racial performance of Have You Ever Seen A Dream Rapping? at the historic Klein Memorial Auditorium. A diverse cast of 50 young people and adults paid tribute to Dr. King through song, dance, rap and spoken word. Mayor Bill Finch stopped by and spoke about the All Stars and the importance of developmental after-school opportunities.