SF Bay Area Partners with Youth Success

Published by Lea Patch
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(from left to right) Timothy Hogan, Dr. Bonny Gildin, Dr. Elouise Joseph, Michelle Peralta, Andy Anderson, Gabrielle Kurlander, Joan Price, Rick Buziak, Andrew Williamson, David Barnett, Carolyn Tyler

On November 4th, 225 tech and business executives, volunteers, and All Stars youth leaders gathered in downtown San Francisco to kick off the Partners with Youth Benefit Luncheon. The event raised $304,000 to continue to provide free development programs for inner-city youth in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The luncheon honored Timothy Hogan, VP, Cushman & Wakefield and ASP of SF Bay Area board member. Mr. Hogan has been an important All Stars champion  and is committed to developing youth from the poorest communities.

In sharing his passion for the All Stars, Mr. Hogan commented, “Through the Developmental Power of Performance, we are building a network between our corporate community and our inner city youth. We are creating afterschool programs that teach our youth how to perform as professionals and are empowering them to think bigger about the possibilities of their lives.  Our growth and success is thriving”, for which he received a deserved standing ovation.

The theme for this years event was “Creating New Code for Development and Community.” During the program, ASP of SF Bay Area Executive Director Dr. Bonny Gildin spoke about the All Stars emerging partnership with the tech industry.  “What better and more important place for an innovative and outlier effort like All Stars than in an environment that’s about producing disruptive innovations, that’s wildly entrepreneurial, where business culture appreciates and encourages creativity, acknowledges the close relationship between work and play, and embraces the idea that failure can be a part of growth,” said Dr. Gildin.

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Youth Hosts at our annual luncheon.

Dr. Gildin also announced a $75,000 Silicon Valley Bank Kick Off sponsorship for a new Tech and Leadership Development for Youth program, as well as a new partnership with Stanford University’s Center on Poverty and Inequality that will explore the ways in which technology can be used as a tool to extend the developmental benefits of the All Stars.

In a taped message, ASP SF Bay Area Board member and CPI director and Stanford Professor, David Grusky said, “Here at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, we’re partnering with the All Stars because they are an organization that has committed to breaking down segregation and to bring together very disparate worlds and have demonstrated the power of doing so. What we want to do is take it one step further. We want to use to use technology to prolong and extend the effects of these face to face interactions, between separate social worlds, that the All Stars is delivering…”

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Antonio Diaz (left) and Isaiah Manuel perform an original rap, “Development, Development”.

Civic leader and New Jersey Board Member David Barnett was also recognized at the event for his work as a founder of the All Stars Project Tech Tracks.

A highlight was the spirited performance of our original rap by Talent Show Alumni and Fall Leadership participants Antonio Diaz and Isaiah Manuel, “Great experience…for all the kids…Every type of talent…Gotta keep the balance…No discrimination…Just participation.”