As we enter the All Stars Project’s 35th anniversary year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past year of growth and all that we have accomplished.
2015 was a year of milestones for the All Stars Project! For the first time in our history, we raised over $10 million from the generous support of 4,000 donors, marking 25 years of annual income growth!
From coast to coast, business leaders embraced the All Stars approach to “involvement philanthropy” by partnering directly with our youth and being champions for All Stars in their companies. Our Development School for Youth (DSY) placed young people in paid summer internships in all six All Stars cities and we are proud to announce that a record 381 young people practiced their professional performance at 146 companies across the country!
Closing out their second year of operation, our two newest cities – Bridgeport, CT and Dallas, TX – flourished, experiencing record growth in financial and program support.
Also in 2015, when tensions on America’s streets were high, Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids, the All Stars’ police-community relations program run in partnership with the NYPD, was awarded the CISCO Community Policing Award by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. This prestigious award recognizes the All Stars innovative approach as a best practice that uses the power of performance and conversation to develop a mutual trust between police officers and inner city youth.
And perhaps one of the All Stars’ most significant accomplishments, as we head into a new year, is the recognition we received from the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University. Earlier this month, I traveled to Dallas to accept the 2016 Simmons Luminary Award for the All Stars Project’s approach to Afterschool Development and our work to help young people create new possibilities for themselves and their communities. This is such a strong testament to the work that All Stars is doing across the country and we were both honored and humbled to accept this award!
Looking forward, I am excited to explore new opportunities for development in 2016 and beyond! I encourage you to check out our website: http://allstars.org and follow me on Twitter: @ASP_CEO to find out more about how you can help transform the lives of youth and poor communities.