On July 7th, Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids took to the stage at Harlem's historic Apollo Theater for a demonstration workshop starring inner city youth and members of the NYPD. The event was directed by All Stars Project co-founder and Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids director Dr. Lenora Fulani for an audience of 925 police officers, including 870 recent graduates of the New York City Police Academy, and 425 members of the community. Run in partnership with the NYPD, the program uses performance, theatre games, improvisation and candid conversation to help teenagers and police officers in New York City's low income neighborhoods build respect for each other and improve their relationship.
On Tuesday, June 16, the All Stars Project of Chicago hosted its annual Partners with Youth benefit luncheon at The Standard Club and recognized the continued support of Scott Siegel, R.S. Owens and Bill Barry, Draper and Kramer. The event raised $547,000 for cutting-edge youth development programs and was attended by 430 business professionals and philanthropists, community leaders, young people, and All Stars volunteers.
Over 200 community members came to All Stars for UX Opening Day on June 20 -- the official start of our summer semester. People signed up for courses, participated in sample workshops, and received Development Coaching. Our summer classes are free, open to all ages, and cover a wide range of topics, including "Memoir Writing," "Public Speaking," "Financial Literacy," and "Playing with Art." We are also debuting a summer film festival with a meaningful political and historical focus during the month of August. This summer has many opportunities for learning, so read on to find out more!
Newark and NJ afterschool leaders and frontliners representing 62 organizations attended the All Stars Project sponsored Afterschool: Growth! conference on June 25. Held at the Scott Flamm Center, the one day event fostered new conversations and connections and added momentum to the growth of the afterschool movement in the Garden State.
Grammy® Award-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae's visit to the 42nd Street headquarters of the All Stars Project last year - to meet and mentor All Stars young people - turned in to so much more than expected. The All Stars Project has released a video of Lecrae's inspiring visit. Produced by Diane Mayer in partnership with MTV, the video can be viewed here.
On Saturday, June 13th, hundreds of people came out to August Martin High School in South Jamaica, Queens to support young people from all over New York City who performed in the All Stars Talent Show Network's spring season talent show. The show featured 76 performers, 43 volunteers, and over 100 people in the audience. Performers ranged in age from 5-25, and they sang, danced, rapped, and performed spoken word. Everyone who auditioned made the show!
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.