All Stars Project of NJ Opens Scott Flamm Center for Afterschool Development in Newark’s Downtown Arts District

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On March 14, All Stars Project President & CEO Gabrielle L. Kurlander, New Jersey All Stars Founding Director Gloria Strickland, young people from the program and their families officially opened the doors to the flagship All Stars Project of NJ Scott Flamm Center for Afterschool Development at 33 Washington Street, Newark.

“The All Stars Project champions development for America’s poor communities,” said Ms. Kurlander. “Development means seeing new possibilities and being able to act on them. This center will open up new possibilities for thousands of young people.”

All Stars Project President & CEO Gabrielle L. Kurlander, New Jersey All Stars Founding Director Gloria Strickland, young people from the program and their families officially opened the doors to the flagship All Stars Project of NJ Scott Flamm Center for Afterschool Development at 33 Washington Street at a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning.

All Stars co-founder Lenora Fulani Ph.D., Deputy Mayor Margarita Muñiz; Deputy Mayor Adam Zipkin; Central Ward Councilman Darrin Sharif; Merrill Lynch Vice President Robert Ross; PSEG Vice President Derek DiRisio; PricewaterhouseCoopers Partner, Dominick Rizzo; Rutgers Assistant Dean Sharon Stroye, project architect Douglas Balder joined for the ribbon-cutting festivities.

Standing before a 14-foot high reproduction of an old-fashioned railway station clock inside the center’s entrance, Ms. Kurlander, Ms. Strickland, young people and special guests cut a giant red ribbon to open the state-of-the-art, 9,000 square-foot center dedicated to innovative afterschool development, community-building and cultural activities.

“The All Stars Project champions development for America’s poor communities,” said Ms. Kurlander. “Development means seeing new possibilities and being able to act on them. This center will open up new possibilities for thousands of young people.”

“I’m excited that All Stars is helping us to inspire a new generation of leaders among our young people,” said Mayor Cory Booker. “We congratulate the All Stars on completing the construction of this important and visionary project, for joining with Newark’s efforts to set a national standard for urban transformation, and thank them for helping to move Newark forward.”

Through its partnerships with Rutgers and Montclair State University, the Center will be a national hub and creative laboratory for the advancement of performance-based youth development.

“The center celebrates the commitment to and the great hope we all have for our young people in Newark” said Peter Hoontis, Associate Dean, Rutgers University-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration. “It’s also a wonderful educational opportunity for the next generation of public and non-profit leaders to study and participate in innovation and best practices. We look forward to being a partner and supporting the work there with interns and researchers.”

Located next to the Newark Museum and blocks from the Newark Public Library and Rutgers University, the All Stars Center is a sparkling addition to a constellation of cultural and educational institutions in the Downtown Arts District.

“We’ve been building in Newark since 1999; and with the new center we will involve thousands more young people and their families in afterschool development experiences,” said Ms. Strickland. “We will welcome young people from New Jersey’s urban and suburban areas alike and the business and arts communities to perform and grow together.”

“The All Stars Project has ensured that young people will always have a constructive and encouraging afterschool program to go to that will give them the tools to develop their aspirations and pursue their dreams,” said Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. “[This is a] facility that will serve as a cornerstone for young people and families in our community.”

The new center is the lynchpin of the All Stars $9.2 million New Jersey expansion campaign. One thousand individuals have donated to date; the family and friends of Scott Flamm, a Short Hill resident and dedicated All Stars volunteer who passed away in 2006, provided $1.5 million. PSEG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Tiffany & Co. and Investors Bank are leading corporate donors.

“By supporting this terrific organization, Investors Bank and the Investors Foundation are assisting the next generation who will go forward and do great things with their lives,” said Kevin Cummings, President and CEO.

The new center includes a performance space seating 125, a leadership conference center and workshop, production and volunteers spaces. It was designed pro bono by All Stars Board Member and architect Douglas Balder; and the architect of record is Posen Architects. Hollister Construction Services completed the interior renovation.

About the All Stars Project (ASP): The 32-year-old, trailblazing program reaches 10,000 young people annually in NYC, New Jersey, Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. ASP has been a pioneer in the movement to use performance, on stage and off stage, to help young people from poor communities to develop. Its two core programs are the All Stars Talent Show Network and the Development School for Youth which reach 10,000 young people each year. The ASP is 100% privately funded. Over the last 30 years, tens of thousands of individual philanthropists nationwide have donated $80 million and millions of hours of personal time to share their lives, their expertise, their workplace, and even their homes with some of our nation’s most disadvantaged young people.

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