All Stars Project, Inc.

aka All Stars   |   New York, NY   |


The All Stars Project, Inc. is a privately funded national nonprofit organization founded in 1981. As a leader in the field of Afterschool Development, a new way of engaging poverty, our mission is to transform the lives of youth and poor communities, using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults.

From engaging young people with corporate America through its Development School for Youth (DSY), to the All Stars Talent Show Network (ASTSN), to building better police-community relations through Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids, the All Stars Project has seen the power of performance change lives. ASP involves over 20,000 young people every year in its afterschool programs in six cities across the country.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Ms. Gabrielle L. Kurlander

Main address

543 West 42nd St

New York, NY 10036 USA

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NTEE code info

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

All Stars Project has spent the last four decades focused on the impact of building the field of Afterschool Development. Young people spend 80% of their time outside the classroom, and we believe that all young people deserve high-quality, free activities they can participate in during those outside-of-school hours. All Stars has demonstrated that Afterschool Development addresses the lack of exposure and opportunity that youth in poor areas face. Afterschool Development gives young people the chance to "perform in new contexts" and interact with people from different communities that help them expand their view of the world and their capacity to navigate and shape that world. Over these last four decades, we have discovered the centrality of development in empowering the poor community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

All Stars Talent Show Network (ASTSN)

ASTSN involves young people, ages 5 to 25, in performing in and producing hip-hop talent shows in their neighborhoods. Everyone at all levels of talent is included, and everyone who auditions makes the show. Youth take the lead in creating a new and positive culture in their communities. They are cheered on by audiences of family members, neighbors, volunteers and donors who join “Back to School” trips to the talent shows. This experience is transformative for all.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults

DSY is where young people, ages 16 to 21, learn to perform as professionals. They partner with business leaders who conduct development workshops and provide paid summer internships at their companies. Today, thousands of individuals from hundreds of companies across America are participating in the All Stars Project’s approach to “involvement philanthropy” through the DSY, giving millions of hours of personal time to share their lives, expertise and workplaces with some of our nation’s most marginalized and forgotten young people.

Population(s) Served

Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids (Cops & Kids) is an award-winning police-community relations model program run in partnership with both the New York City Police Department and the Newark Police Department. The program, led by ASP co-founder Dr. Lenora Fulani, uses performance, improvisation and conversation to help inner-city teenagers and police officers develop a positive relationship. Monthly workshops take place at PAL centers and other community locations.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

The Castillo Theatre opens up the world of cutting-edge political theatre to young people and adults. Close to 10,000 audience members from diverse communities attend productions every year at the All Stars Project’s 42nd Street performing arts and development center in New York City.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Youth Onstage! gives young people ages 14-21 access to free training in the performing arts under the direction of volunteer theatre professionals.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

UX is a free, university-style school for continuing development. It has classes, workshops and field trips that are open to people of all ages. Making the entirety of New York City its campus, UX extends opportunities for growth and development to adults living in New York’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Development Coaching, a new virtual program, gives young adults aged 18 to 24 an opportunity to partner one-on-one with caring industry leaders to help guide and enhance their personal and professional development. Development Coaching matches young adults with volunteer coaches from coast to coast based on shared interests and experiences and provides training that supports both coach and coachee to learn from each other and grow together.

This innovative 8-week program engages technology, powered by the industry-leading Chronus software to match Coaches and Coachees based on personal and professional development goals, experience, and interests.

During each weekly 1-hour coaching session, Coaches and Coachees may connect around topics like goal setting, improving conversational/interview skills, boosting their confidence, selecting a college major or graduate school, job searching, how to build a professional network—the possibilities are endless!

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Older adults

Where we work


Best Volunteer Site for Working People 2000

Mutual of New York (MONY) Award

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients placed in internships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Young adults, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Development School for Youth (DSY)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

This is the number of young people placed in 6-week paid summer internships across the country in partnership with the business community.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is to transform the lives of youth and poor communities using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults. As our impact grows, our vision is, by 2020, to be recognized as America's thought and action leader in Afterschool Development, a new way of engaging poverty. At the All Stars Project, we champion Afterschool Development and believe it is the best way to bring young people growing up in poor communities into the mainstream. Our programs connect inner-city youth to opportunities, to the world of success, to the business community and to performance on and offstage, sparking their desire to learn and grow.

Each year, the All Stars Project involves more than 20,000 inner-city young people and their families in Afterschool Development programs that give them the opportunity to grow and participate in the world in new ways. We do this by connecting inner-city youth with arts, business, policing and community partners through our various initiatives.

ASP is headquartered in New York City on West 42nd Street in a 31,000-square-foot performing arts and development complex and in 2013 opened the Scott Flamm Center for Afterschool Development, a 9,000-square-foot performing arts and development center in Newark, NJ. With operations in 6 cities, All Stars involves 20,000 youth and their families in our innovative programs: All Stars Talent Show Network, Development School for Youth, Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids, Youth Onstage!, UX and the Castillo Theatre.

We have transformed from a grassroots, volunteer-run effort into a national model for engaging poverty through Afterschool Development and community organizing. However, we are always striving to grow and improve. We are working to grow the recognition and impact of the field of Afterschool Development, and to reach more inner-city youth and families with our programs. We continue to explore the ways in which innovation and technology can enhance our work to support youth and build communities.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The mission of the All Stars Project is to transform the lives of youth living in and impacted by poverty, using the developmental power of performance. We do this in partnership with caring adults, giving everyone the opportunity to grow in the process. The majority of the young people in our programs are young people of color (including Black, Hispanic, and Asian identifying youth), living at or below the federal poverty line. Our outreach teams focus on going into housing projects, community centers, and schools with the highest rates of families living at or below the federal poverty level. Through our Development School for Youth program, we work with young people ages 16-21 (the majority of whom are still in high school) and there is no GPA minimum requirement for our programs.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Created in 2021, we launched our Development Coaching virtual mentoring program together with hundreds of young people and adult volunteers across the country. Though successful in many ways, we identified areas we could continue to develop based on individual surveys and focus group meetings. Feedback from participants included challenges with the matching and communication technology we utilized, as well as concerns around the short length of the program and not having enough time for pairings to reschedule in case of emergencies. Based on this feedback, we decided to seek out and contract with another software partner which has ensured fewer technology issues with our coaching pairs. We also extended the length of the program to support flexibility for our coaching pairs to schedule.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    From our founding in 1981, the All Stars has worked to include our young people as leaders and stakeholders in deciding how we create and shape our youth and community development programs. This trust and partnership gives the young people in our program and our underserved communities of color agency, as well as shows them their voice matters and can enact change. Through youth leadership groups like our Young Leaders for Change and through our program alumni in our Alumni Leadership Council and as members of our national and regional boards, the All Stars has continued to create avenues for our young people and alumni to have a voice in how to shape the All Stars, allocate our resources, and continue to make this a community-led organization.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,


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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.


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All Stars Project, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Maria Morris

MetLife (Retired)

Term: 2018 -

Edward C. Malmstrom

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch (Retired)

Joyce G. Dattner

Life Performance Coaching Center

Robert T. Ross

Wells Fargo

Maria Morris

MetLife (Retired)

Hunter L Hunt

Hunt Oil

L. Thecla Farrell


Nathaniel H. Christian III

CastleOak Securities, L.P.

Gabrielle L. Kurlander

All Stars Project, Inc.

Deborah A. Greeen

Elliot Management Corporation (Retired)

Jessie A. Fields

St. Luke's Medical Group

Peter A. Langerman

Franklin Mutual Advisers LLC

Gregory A. Tosko


Jeffrey Aron

Fountain House

Douglas A. Balder

Balder Architecture

Kate J. Barton


Joseph Boren

Ironshore, Inc. (Retired)

Catherine M. Carraway

Equity Residential

David J. Chard Ph.D.

Boston University

Margo L. Cook


Derek DiRisio

Public Service Electric and Gas Company

Amy S. Doyle

MTV, VH1, Logo

Carolyn Kresky

Broadcast Journalist (Retired)

Carrie L. Lobman Ed.D.

Rutgers University

Suzu Neithercut

Elizabeth Nieto


Michael G. Pickering

Bart M. Schwartz

Guidepost Solutions LLC

Richard H. Sokolow

Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP

Gloria Strickland

All Stars Project, Inc.

Avram Tucker

TM Financial Forensics LLC

Amy Weinberg Ph.D.

University of Maryland

Drew Williamson

Cooley LP

Janet Wootten

Rubenstein Associates Inc.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/20/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/20/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.