The All Stars Project of Chicago: Making A Difference In Our Communities

The All Stars Project of Chicago: Making A Difference In Our Communities

One hundred seventeen frontline educators, young people, and innovators attended the All Stars Project's Afterschool: Growth Conference.

The All Stars Project of Chicago sponsored a conference entitled, Afterschool: Growth, A grassroots conversation about afterschool with frontliners and innovators on Friday, October 26 at Erikson Institute.

One hundred and seventeen frontline afterschool educators, young people and innovators developing this field came together for a new conversation on how afterschool helps our young people to grow ­ and how we can grow the afterschool movement.  David Cherry, Director of the All Stars Project of Chicago hosted the conference. Special guest speakers included:  Mary Ellen Caron, CEO, Afterschool Matters; Gabrielle L. Kurlander, President and CEO, All Stars Project; Lenora B. Fulani, Ph.D., Co-founder, All Stars Project, and Director, Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids; Program Participants included: Albert Oppenheimer, YOURS Project; Alicia Gonzalez, Chicago Run, Manwah Lee, Street-Level Youth Media, Diane Latiker, Kids Off the Block. Five youth leaders from Chicago afterschool programs participated in a panel discussion about the impact of afterschool programs in their lives and the lives of other young people in their communities.  Afternoon workshops focused on play, pretending and performance as innovative tools for afterschool development; researching afterschool; and building independent funding partnerships with the business community.

The conference was sponsored by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation and Stephen Bowen, Esq.

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