All Stars Project

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All Stars Project, Inc. (ASP), founded in 1981, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting youth development through an innovative performance-based model. The ASP creates extracurricular educational and performing arts activities for tens of thousands of poor and minority young people. It sponsors community and experimental theatre, develops leadership training, and pursues volunteer initiatives that build and strengthen communities. The ASP actively promotes supplementary education and the performance-learning model in academic and civic arenas.

Youth Development Programs[edit]

The All Stars Project sponsors four youth development programs for inner-city youth – the All Stars Talent Show Network, the Development School for Youth, Youth Onstage! and the Production of Youth by Youth; and is home of the Castillo Theatre, a community oriented theatre in the heart of New York City, that often puts on plays written by youth.

The All Stars Project’s performing arts and development center on W. 42nd Street in Manhattan serves as its national headquarters. In addition to New York City, the All Stars Project sponsors programs in Chicago, Illinois, Newark, New Jersey, and the San Francisco Bay Area in California. All Stars is also produced by local organizations in Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, and internationally in Curaçao and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The All Stars Project is a not for profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Gabrielle L. Kurlander has been the president and CEO of the All Stars Project, Inc. since 1990. An innovative producer, Kurlander has expanded and established the All Stars Project as one of the country’s leading youth development efforts and has raised over $50 million for its performance-based development programs.

The All Stars Project has been featured in[edit]

  • 2006, The American Photo Mission Series Roots of Compassion: Social Entrepreneurs in New York City,[1] David Schonauer – Editor in Chief/Phil Borges – photographer
  • 2004, PBS, America Beyond the Color Line[2]
  • 2004, Channel 13, NY Voices/Help Wanted: Black Male and Unemployed,[3] John DeNatale, Executive Producer
  • 2000, Cable News Network, Business Unusual
  • 2000, PBS//A Production of The Institute for Play and InCA[4] (Independent Communications Associates Inc.) Promise of Play, Episode I: The Mother of Invention, Filmmaker: David Kennard, Stuart Brown and The Institute for Play


  • 2005, All Stars Project volunteers were each honored by the Points of Light Foundation[5] with Daily Points of Light Awards.
  • June 2003, The Institute for Urban and Minority Education (Teacher's College, Columbia University)[6] published a study on the All Stars Talent Show Network (ASTSN) and the Joseph A. Forgione Development School for Youth (DSY). The study concludes that both programs represent "exemplary" supplementary education efforts that exceed national standards for after school programs set forth by the Carnegie Corporation.[7]
  • 2001, the Peter F. Drucker Foundation Innovation of the Week Award for the All Stars Project's Joseph A. Forgione Development School for Youth.
  • 2001, New York City's Mayor's Voluntary Service Award presented to All Stars Project youth leader, (Silver Apple)
  • 2000, All Stars Project received the Mutual of New York (MONY) Award as the "Best Volunteer Site for Working People" (First place) $5,000 cash award.


  1. ^ "Microsoft Sponsors American PHOTO Mission Series - Good Works of Sixteen Charities Captured in Just-Published Works of Acclaimed International Photographers – Press Releases on". 2006-06-12. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  2. ^ "Newsletters | PBS Newsletters". PBS. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  3. ^ "NEW YORK VOICES : Help Wanted: Black, Male...and Unemployed | Thirteen / WNET New York". Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  4. ^ "Title not available". Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
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  7. ^ This evaluation describes two supplementary education interventions: the All Stars Talent Show Network (ASTSN) and the Joseph A. Forgione Development School for Youth (DSY). The ASTSN is a 19-year-old program that provides youth age 5-25 with opportunities to produce and participate in talent shows, thus creating stages where youth can successfully present themselves and contribute to their own development. The DSY is a career and leadership training program founded in 1997. Evaluation of the programs focused on 11 criteria drawn from the literature about the merits of supplementary education programs. Results indicate that ASTSN is functioning at a high level of efficiency and effectiveness at community building, involving young people and their families in purposeful activity, encouraging self-confidence, and enhancing competence in self-presentation. DSY is functioning at an excellent level of efficiency and effectiveness in recruiting and engaging a diverse population of young people in a sustained effort at personal development through continuing guided performances in alien environments. (Contains 30 references.)

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