On Saturday, January 7th, All Stars Project of New Jersey's
founding director Gloria Strickland, New Jersey Board of
Directors Co-Chairs Steven Alesio and Robert Ross hosted more
than 50 supporters, young people, volunteers and community leaders to celebrate
the recent lease signing "For 12 years we have been building the All Stars
programs in New Jersey, bringing development to young people in our poorest
communities and connecting them with the philanthropic, business and arts
community of the Garden State. With this new Center, we are creating a new
"play" for Newark that will make it possible for our kids to dream
bigger dreams, and to put New Jersey on the map as a center of innovation
in the afterschool arena," said Gloria Strickland, the founding director
of the All Stars Project of New Jersey. "The Center is also named
for Scott Flamm, a very special friend of mine and of the All Stars.
His legacy of volunteerism and connecting with young people will be a
beacon of hope for the whole New Jersey community."
"This is an exciting moment for New Jersey, as we announce the creation of
this important new 'station for development' where young people of New
Jersey, together with adult supporters and volunteers, will create a place
for all to grow," said Steve Alesio, Co-Chair, All Stars Project of
New Jersey Board. "Many people have worked for years to make
this a reality, including the family and friends of Scott Flamm, the Board
of the New Jersey All Stars, and all those who have given their time or their money over
the past 12 years."
The space is being designed by renowned architect and All Stars
Board member Doug Balder, who also designed the All Stars national
headquarters on 42nd Street in New York City, as well as the dinosaur
halls at the Museum of Natural History and the Center for Science and
Learning at the Liberty Science Center. He is currently working on a major
museum of Jewish History in Russia.