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Sway Will Be There, Will You? All Stars Project’s “Learning from Leaders” Benefit Luncheon to Honor VH1 & Logo EVP Amy Doyle, Ironshore, Inc. CEO Kevin Kelley

MTV News’ Sway Calloway to join in celebration of the growing impact of the All Stars’ Development School for Youth on the lives of inner-city youth

NEW YORK, NY, NOVEMBER 30, 2015: Join Sway Calloway, rapper, reporter, executive producer for MTV News and co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show “The Wake Up Show,” among an audience of business and entertainment luminaries on December 2 at 12:00pm at the New York Hilton. The occasion? The All Stars Project’s “Learning from Leaders” benefit luncheon, shining the spotlight on two key leaders in the expansion of the non-profit organization’s Development School for Youth (DSY). Amy Doyle, EVP of Viacom’s VH1 and Logo, and Kevin Kelley, CEO of Ironshore, Inc. will both be honored for their leadership of this life-changing program for inner-city young people – which has doubled in size across the country over the past year.

“The DSY’s afterschool development model connects inner-city youth with corporate America, enabling the youth to create new relationships and new possibilities for themselves,” said Gabrielle Kurlander, CEO, All Stars Project, Inc. “For corporate participants, this program is the embodiment of ‘involvement philanthropy.’ This growing trend has captured the energies of corporate professionals, who are not only writing checks, but also becoming personally involved in transforming the lives of inner-city youth. In the process, they are doing new things, having new experiences, and growing themselves alongside the youth.”

The Joseph A. Forgione Development School for Youth (DSY) is a core program of the national nonprofit All Stars Project, Inc., which reaches 20,000 inner-city youth nationwide each year with a range of free, performance-based afterschool development programs. Thanks to its corporate partners, the DSY is proud to have placed 125 graduates in NYC, and 382 young people across six cities, in paid summer internships this year. Today, 180 companies across America are participating in involvement philanthropy through the DSY, including 90 new corporate partners this year alone. Involvement philanthropy is catching on and spreading!

Seeing and acting on new possibilities is development, and it’s what All Stars is all about – Afterschool Development as a new way of engaging poverty by exposing youth to people, places and things beyond what they experience in ordinary life. DSY is an excellent example; inner-city young people learn to perform as professionals. They partner with business leaders from top companies who conduct workshops and provide training in leadership and business, including resume-writing, networking, public speaking and dressing professionally. The DSY’s corporate partners then offer the DSY graduates six-week paid summer internships that prepare them to enter the workforce, pursue educational opportunities and face life challenges in new ways.

Co-chairs of the “Learning from Leaders” benefit luncheon include: Lee Anne Callahan-Longo, Parkwood Entertainment; Charlie Walk, Republic Records; Gemma Postlethwaite, PIRA Energy Group; Douglas Brody, EY; Joseph Boren, Ironshore, Inc.; Fernando Castellanos, Accertify/American Express; and Richard Sokolow, Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP. Ticket inquiries may be directed to All Stars Project Sales Director Jenny Zak: 212-356-8441 or jzak@allstars.org.

About The 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 MetLife, DIRECTV, Viacom and Investors Bank. 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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