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The All Stars Project of Chicago (ASP of Chicago) works in Windy City neighborhoods on the South and West sides that have been hardest hit by poverty and violence. Since our launch in 2007, ASP has touched the lives of over 40,000 young people through the All Stars Talent Show Network, the Leslie J. Raffel Development School for Youth and other development programs and initiatives.

Thanks to the growth of our programs, broad support for our development through performance approach and the generosity of hundreds of philanthropic partners, ASP of Chicago completed an $11 million campaign to establish the Hub for Afterschool Development in the historic Printer’s Row neighborhood in downtown Chicago. Together with our programs, the Hub gives youth from poor and underserved communities the opportunity to connect with the civic, cultural and professional life of the city. Our impact and influence are further strengthened by partnerships and collaborations with hundreds of front-line practitioners and organizations that are part of our growing Afterschool Development Working Groups.

Lauren Horn: Vice President / Director, ASP of Chicago
David Cherry: Founder, ASP of Chicago


Chicago Programs.

Operation Conversation, the All Stars Project’s newest bridge-building initiative, has been created to address the social and racial divides in America.

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Bringing young people together with caring adults and industry leaders to learn and grow together.

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Development School for Youth

Young people learn to perform as professionals and they partner with business leaders who conduct development workshops and provide paid summer internships at their companies.

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Our Local Board.

Benjamin L. Nortman, Chair

Hilco Global

Mary Clare Bonaccorsi


Joy Crenshaw


Tanya Foster

Equity Residential

Robert G. Gerber

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Mark Haller

Winnetka Music Festival

Dawn Harris


Bob Kurinsky

Driehaus Capital Management

Sonia Menon

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

F. Mikael Mleko

Grant Thornton (retired)

Tisa Morris

Cook County Sheriff’s Office

JB Opdycke

Open Primaries

Jocelyn Vega

American Heart Association

Kenneth Veltri

AMLI Residential

What you can do in Chicago.


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