New York, NY (PRWEB) February 02, 2014
With the aid of a $25,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation, the All Stars Project, Inc. (ASP) will be launching its free, performance-based youth development programs in Bridgeport, CT.
ASP is responding to a direct request from Connecticut resident and All Stars National Board Member Charlie Adams and other local philanthropists and business leaders to bring ASP’s cutting-edge tools of play, pretend and performance to Bridgeport’s young people and ignite critically needed growth in the city. Adams is spearheading the expansion effort with All Stars VP of Youth Programs Pam Lewis.
Said Lewis, “Issues like the staggering poverty rate and the number of kids who aren’t succeeding in school have been difficult to address with traditional models. The All Stars has spent over 30 years working in the poorest communities to create and hone a highly successful, innovative and proven model for directly addressing these issues. We can’t wait to get to work in Bridgeport.”
Bridgeport will be the sixth city for the All Stars, following recent expansion into Dallas, Texas in September 2013.
The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds and contribute to existing funds. The Foundation provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. It is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards for community foundations. The Foundation has awarded over $168 million in grants for nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit http://www.fccfoundation.org.
About the All Stars Project: Founded in 1981, the trailblazing All Stars Project reaches 10,000 young people each year in NYC, New Jersey, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area and Dallas. All Stars has been a pioneer in the movement to use performance, on-stage and off, to help young people from poor communities to develop. Its core programs are the All Stars Talent Show Network and the Development School for Youth. All Stars is 100% privately funded. Over three decades, 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 their homes with disadvantaged young people. http://www.allstars.org