All Stars Project Honored with SMU Simmons Luminary Award for its Transformative Work with Inner-City Youth

Privately-funded national non-profit's innovative approach to Afterschool celebrated: development through the power of performance

21 Jan, 2016, 11:33 ET from All Stars Project, Inc.

NEW YORK, Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The All Stars Project, Inc., a privately funded national nonprofit organization founded in 1981 whose mission is to transform the lives of youth and poor communities using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults, has been awarded the Simmons Luminary Award from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. All Stars Project President and CEO Gabrielle L. Kurlander accepted the award at a special dinner and presentation on Thursday, January 21, 2016. The Luminary Award honors individuals or organizations which have shown an extraordinary commitment to improving people's lives through education. The Luminary Award is inspired by the power of learning to illuminate and improve society.

"My colleagues and I are deeply honored by the choice of the All Stars Project as the recipient of the SMU Simmons Luminary Award," said All Stars CEO Gabrielle Kurlander. "Like the Simmons School, we challenge tradition – in our case, the tradition we challenge is the remedial approach to afterschool. Instead, we believe that development, through the power of performance, is the key to unlocking the potential of inner-city youth, especially those overlooked by many current programs."  

SMU believes that knowledge is vital to the social and economic well-being and empowerment of individuals and communities everywhere. The award is presented by the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU. The school aims to transform the way teaching and leadership enhances the education of young minds and lifelong learners. Through enlightened research and scholarship, the school thoughtfully challenges traditional ideas about education systems and practices.

"Oftentimes as educators we spend so much of our time trying to figure out how to get children to be successful in school, we forget about the other aspects of their lives – the development of confidence and resilience, and interests outside of school," said David Chard, dean of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University. "The All Stars Project has the potential to change all of that. We are inspired by the All Stars Project's innovative performance-based approach to Afterschool Development, and all that they do to help young people create new possibilities for themselves and their communities." 

About All Stars Project, Inc.
The All Stars Project is a privately funded national nonprofit organization founded in 1981 whose mission is to transform the lives of youth and poor communities using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults. By 2020, the All Stars Project will be recognized as America's leader in afterschool development, a new way of engaging poverty.

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 to change lives. ASP is supported by some of America's leading companies including DIRECTV, EY, MetLife, PWC and Viacom.  Led by President and CEO Gabrielle Kurlander, the ASP involves over 10,000 young people every year in its afterschool programs in six cities across the country. Learn more at http://www.allstars.org, on Facebook and on Twitter @AllStarsProject.    

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