On Thursday, August 7, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka swore in DSY Alumna Lucy Lopez as Newark's first-ever Youth Mayor at the Scott Flamm Center for Afterschool Development. ASP of NJ City Leader Gloria Strickland hosted the event with more than 100 business, youth and community leaders in attendance.
Mayor Baraka created the Youth Mayor position shortly after taking office to involve the young people of Newark in the ongoing development of the City.
On July 15, 600 NYPD officers and over 450 All Stars community members attended an Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids Demonstration Workshop at the Apollo Theater. The workshop was directed by ASP co-founder Dr. Lenora Fulani and featured 6 police officers and 6 inner-city youth performing together using improv and skits, which created the environment for them to have tough conversations designed to build their relationship.
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton attended and made remarks at the beginning of the program.
This June was a month of All Stars Talent Shows around the country! In addition to our first-ever show in Bridgeport, CT the All Stars held talent shows in the South Bronx, Newark, San Francisco, and Dallas! More than 250 young people performed nationwide to hundreds of community members, volunteers and donors who came out to support them!
On Thursday, June 19, the All Stars Project of Chicago hosted its annual Partners with Youth Benefit Luncheon at the Union League Club, honoring AMLI Residential, Brian Cave LLP, and Grant Thornton LLP. The event, which raised $425,000, had more than 300 business professionals and philanthropists, young people, and All Stars volunteers in attendance.
On Thursday, June 26, the All Stars Project of New Jersey and the Institute for Afterschool Development hosted Afterschool: Growth! at the Scott Flamm Center for Afterschool Development from 8:30am to 3:30pm.
This one-day conference brought together 80 leaders and pracitioners from over 50 organizations for a grassroots conversation about how afterschool helps youth to grow - and how we can grow the afterschool movement in Newark and across New Jersey.
The Donut Play (A Love Story in 24 Conversations), written by Castillo Theatre Artistic Director Dan Friedman, ended its run at Castillo on June 22. Set in a local donut shop, it chronicles the lives of young, working class New Yorkers as they let go of society's expectations and discover new, positive ways to live and support each other.
On Saturday, May 31, over 200 people filled Bassick High School's auditorium in Bridgeport to support 34 performers and 31 volunteers in the first All Stars Talent Show in our newest city!
All Stars will be back in the fall with another show. If you're interested in performing or volunteering, contact Olivia Hartle at Ohartle@allstars.org.
Highlighting an exciting period of growth and positioning for the future, President & CEO Gabrielle L. Kurlander has unveiled an updated mission and vision for the All Stars Project.
We transform the lives of youth and poor communities using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults.
By 2020, we will be recognized as America's leader in Afterschool Development, a new way of engaging poverty.
Read Ms. Kurlander's full statement here.