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.
This summer, we are hiring 10 recent college graduates, or students graduating in the spring of 2015, for a competitive 8-week summer fellowship program in New York City that is designed to challenge them to be self-starters and make a difference - and along the way provide high-level training in community organizing, fundraising, nonprofit management and youth development at a major national nonprofit organization with an outside-the-box approach.
Applications for the program are now closed.