Description & History

The All Stars Project (ASP) is a national nonprofit organization, founded 37 years ago. Our mission is to transform the lives of youth and poor communities, using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults. In All Stars programs, people learn new performances onstage and off. They try new things, they become more worldly, and they begin to create new possibilities for themselves and their communities. Seeing--and acting on--new possibilities is development, and it's what All Stars is all about!


Since 2007, the All Stars Project of Chicago has touched the lives of more than 40,000 young people and families in Chicago's poorest neighborhoods on the south and west sides, the communities hardest hit by violence. Chicago's business and philanthropic communities have stepped up to help us engage with the divisions and inequality in the city. They've helped expand our two programs: the All Stars Talent Show Network and the Development School for Youth.


The All Stars Talent Show Network (ASTSN) provides young people with an opportunity to produce and perform in hip-hop talent shows in their neighborhoods. The Development School for Youth (DSY) is a leadership training program in which young people learn to perform as professionals, and they partner with business leaders who conduct workshops.

About the organization

All Stars Project of Chicago

Sarah Polen
Program Leader, Volunteerism/Event Producer
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