Newark, New Jersey (PRWEB) July 02, 2014
The one-day conference brought together 80 leaders and practitioners from over 50 organizations for a grassroots conversation about how afterschool helps youth to grow – and how to advance afterschool in Newark and across New Jersey.
Said Gloria Strickland, All Stars Project of New Jersey Director and conference convener: “We can lead the way in creating more growth opportunities for young people and moving our communities forward. It is a critical time to work together in making use of the best thinking and latest cultural and developmental breakthroughs, creating greater synergies among us and advancing how we relate to the public sector and to leading education and cultural institutions.”
Speakers included Dr. Elnardo J. Webster, Sr. (Project Director, 21st CCLC Program, St. Peter’s University), Dr. Fran Peterman (Dean, College of Education and Human Services, Montclair State University), Dr. Lenora B. Fulani (Co-founder, All Stars Project, and Director, Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids) and youth from Newark, Irvington and West Orange.
This was the third conference hosted by the national, nonprofit All Stars Project (ASP). It was funded by the Victoria Foundation and individual supporters.
About the All Stars Project (ASP): ASP is a national thought leader and action leader in the emerging field of Afterschool Development, a new way of engaging poverty. ASP transforms the lives of youth and poor communities through the developmental power of performance in partnership with caring adults. It sponsors a wide range of programs that include hip-hop talent shows, training in theatre and the arts and programs that partner with the business community. ASP is 100% privately funded. For over three decades, tens of thousands of individual donors nationwide have given $90 million and millions of hours of personal time to share their lives, expertise, workplaces and even their homes with some of our nation’s most disadvantaged young people. ASP is headquartered in New York City on West 42nd Street and has established programs in six cities – New York City, Newark, NJ, Chicago, Il., the San Francisco Bay Area, CA., Dallas and Bridgeport, CT.