Welcome to All Stars Project of Chicago (ASP of Chicago)! We bring innovative performance-based development opportunities to thousands of youth in Chicago’s South and West Sides—areas that have been hit hardest by violence and poverty.
Since launching in 2007, our after-school programs have supported young peoples’ growth as leaders and builders of their communities. Through performance, community partnerships, and the help of caring adults, ASP of Chicago introduces young people to a world beyond their daily surroundings and helps them create new possibilities in their lives. Seeing – and acting on – new possibilities is development, and it’s what All Stars is all about.
All Stars Talent Show Network (ASTSN) gives young people ages 5-25 the chance to produce and perform in hip hop talent shows in their neighborhoods. We welcome new and seasoned performers alike, and encourage them to take the lead in creating a new and positive culture in their communities. They are cheered on by audiences of family members, neighbors and volunteers, as well as donors who join “Back to School” trips to the talent shows.
In the Development School for Youth (DSY) young people, ages 16 to 21, who step forward to join the program, learn to perform as professionals, and partner with business leaders and who conduct workshops and provide paid summer internships. DSY exposes inner-city young people to success and how to face life challenges in new ways. Recruitment takes place at high schools including Manley, Harper, Fenger, Harlan, and Team Englewood Community Academy. Students are accepted based on their desire to grow as leaders.
DSY's leading partners in Chicago include Latham & Watkins, Dun & Bradstreet, Nuveen Investments, Equity Residential, MetLife, Winston & Strawn, Grant Thornton and Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg. These and other organizations sponsor program graduates in paid summer internships.
"It is critical that those working on behalf of youth find ways to bring them into and connect them with the fullness and complexity of the adult world. All Stars Project is addressing this in unique and interesting ways and deserves our full support." -- Robert Halpern, Director of the Doctoral Program and Chair of the Research Council, Erikson Institute.
Donor Support and Leadership - ASP of Chicago is 100% privately-funded, which guarantees our ability to provide Chicago's inner-city youth with innovative programming and development opportunities. Individual and corporate donors are active partners, often directly connecting with our young people. ASP of Chicago's Board is a group of local business leaders and philanthropists who are committed to inner-city youth development.
ASP of Chicago - recent news
Program sets stage to help young people seeking jobs, Chicago Tribune
Youth: Sign up for our All Stars Talent Show Network or Development School for Youth programs!
For information on being a performer or producer for the All Stars Talent Show Network, contact Outreach Coordinator Derrick Barnett at (312) 994-3104 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on becoming a student in the Development School for Youth (DSY) program, contact DSY Program Manager Meghan Coen at (312) 994-3105 or email@example.com
For information on volunteering contact Volunteer Coordinator Joanna Zak at (312) 994-3106 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To make a gift or learn how to get your company involved, contact Audra Yokley, Fundraising Manager, at (312) 994-3108 or email@example.com
ASP of Chicago's office is located in the historic Monadnock Building in the Loop and serves as the hub of activity for our programs.
53 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1135, Chicago, IL 60604 (Map)
ASP of Chicago
David Cherry, City Leader
Julie Lenner, Director
Tiffany Jones, Program & Operations Manager
Meghan Coen, Program Manager, Development School for Youth
Audra Yokley, Fundraising Manager/Development Officer
Derrick Barnett, Outreach Coordinator