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All Star Code Surges Into Second Summer: Raising more than $600K at Sold Out Benefit

On Saturday, July 25th tech education non-profit, All Star Code, hosted its Second Annual Summer Benefit to raise funds and awareness of the organization’s mission. All Star Code raised more than $600,000 at the sold out benefit. Founder and Executive Director Christina Lewis Halpern also made a major announcement: an innovative collaboration with AT&T!

With the shared goal of empowering students everywhere to reach their highest potential, AT&T has awarded All Star Code $100,000 in support through AT&T Aspire. This exciting new collaboration will additionally provide seven All Star Code students, who will be named AT&T scholars, with scholarships, free laptops and supplies for embodying creativity, intellect and curiosity.

This year’s benefit was held at a private oceanfront residence in East Hampton, New York. The evening had many exciting elements to go along with the release of the AT&T collaboration. The night began with a cocktail reception and interactive, student-designed game stations. The stations were comprised of games created and run by ASC students and alums and were enjoyed by a number of high profile attendees including Miss USA Olivia Jordan and Real Housewife of New York, Kristen Taekman.

Dinner followed provided by Chef Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem and awards ceremony with Master of Ceremonies, Maurice DuBois, award winning anchor of ‘CBS 2 This Morning.’ This year All Star Code had assembled a group of distinguished honorees including Frank A. Baker, Goldman Sachs Gives, and Marcus Mitchell. Co-Chair Loida Nicolas Lewis presented Frank A. Baker, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Siris Capital Group with the Visionary Award. Co-Chair Troy Carter, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Atom Factory, presented Goldman Sachs Gives with the Corporate Leadership Award. Co-Chair Valentino D. Carlotti accepted the award on behalf of Goldman Sachs Gives. And current All Star Code student Cameron King presented Marcus Mitchell with the Community Award. Mitchell is a Senior Engineering Director at Google.

The evening closed with an exciting live auction presided over by auctioneer Alex Berggruen of Christie’s, complete with bidding wars and a high bid of $34,000, followed by a dance party with MICK.

“What we’re doing at All Star Code is giving young men of color the tools to ride the wave,” said Founder and Executive Director Christina Lewis Halpern. “It’s my belief that the indignities and injustices and inequalities that people of color in this country still endure can only be corrected once people of color have a fairer shot at a seat at the table. Until they have a fairer shot at chairing the table. A fairer shot at running the table.”

Countless notable celebrities and personalities took part in the evening including: Miss USA Olivia Jordan, Co-Anchor of CBS’ This Morning and Editor-At-Large of O Magazine Gayle King, Model Chris Collins, Real Housewives of New York star Kristen Taekman & her husband, Sherry Bronfman, David Buckner Orr, ASC Board Vice Chair Britt Morgan-Saks, Former Mayor of New York City and ASC Board Member David Dinkins, Alma Rangel, and Philippine Consul General Mario L. De Leon, Jr. and his wife Eleanor.

You can still bid on exciting auction items included in All Star Code’s CharityBuzz online auction or donate today.

All Star Code’s 2nd Annual Demo Day will be hosted by Google’s offices in New York on Thursday, August 13th. If you’re interested in attending, please e-mail Director of External Affairs Christina Licata at Licata@allstarcode.org.

A special thanks to the Benefit Co-Chairs, Benefit Committee Members, guests, supporters, and Alimay Events for making the evening such a success!

Have a look at the photos from the event.

Troy Carter, Marcus Mitchell, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Christina Lewis Halpern, Valentino D. Carlotti, and Frank A.Baker

Troy Carter, Marcus Mitchell, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Christina Lewis Halpern, Valentino D. Carlotti, and Frank A.Baker

Troy Carter, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Christina Lewis Halpern, Valentino Carlotti

Troy Carter, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Christina Lewis Halpern, Valentino Carlotti

Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015

Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015

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All Star Code Announces Collaboration With AT&T On 2015 Summer Intensive

All Star Code is thrilled to announce an innovative collaboration with AT&T for The 2015 All Star Code Summer Intensive. With the shared goal of empowering students everywhere to reach their highest potential, AT&T has awarded All Star Code $100,000 in support through AT&T Aspire. This exciting new collaboration will additionally provide seven All Star Code students, who will be named AT&T scholars, with scholarships, free laptops and supplies for embodying creativity, intellect and curiosity.

“Our boys are a tremendous pool of untapped talent. Teaching them to code is an investment that has unlimited potential return, whether in new ideas and innovation or increased economic opportunity, and we’re tremendously excited to have AT&T’s help in fostering the next generation of tech pioneers,” said Christina Lewis Halpern, Founder and Executive Director of
All Star Code.

“Confident, qualified young men of color who are ready to enter STEM careers are essential to the future of our business and our community,” said Nicole Anderson, Executive Director, Philanthropy, AT&T. “All Star Code works to grow the field and we are thrilled to support the program and our AT&T scholars.”

Both Microsoft NY and Alley NYC will host All Star Code’s 2015 Summer Intensive, a unique six-week program designed to educate, inspire and equip high school boys of color with the skills, networks, and system know-how needed to pursue careers in tech. Of the 40 students in this year’s program, 31 students are local to New York City – representing Brooklyn, Bronx,
Queens, and Manhattan. The other 9 students come from New Jersey, Virginia, Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maryland, representing 7 states in total. While more than half of the students identify as African-American/Black, more than a quarter identify as Latino, and 10% identify as Asian or Other. 80% of the class receives either free/reduced lunch or financial aid at school as well.

The All Star Code Summer Intensive will include site visits to Spotify, YouTube, Goldman Sachs, GLG, The Center For Social Innovation, The Flatiron School, Yelp and Dev Bootcamp. Additional program support is provided by Dropbox, Google, Dentons Venture Technology, and NewsCorp.

AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature initiative that drives innovation in education to support student success in school and beyond. Through Aspire, AT&T is investing in innovative education organizations, tools and solutions and engaging their employees through student mentoring.

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Meet the New Class of All Stars!

Photo Grid Jul 2015

We are thrilled that the 2015 Summer Intensive has officially launched this week! Microsoft NY and Alley NYC will host 40 All Stars over the next six weeks.

Of the 40 students in this year’s program, 31 students are local to New York City – representing Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan. The other 9 students come from New Jersey, Virginia, Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maryland, representing 7 states in total. More than half of the students identify as African-American/Black, over a quarter identify as Latino, and 10% identify as Asian or Other.

As part of our #techspeakerseries, students will hear from leaders in the New York City tech industry. All Stars will also visit tech offices, such as Dropbox, Yelp!, and YouTube. By the end of the 6-week program, students will have learned 1 college semester level of computer science including exposure to physical computing, robotics, and web applications. They will have built at least 1 video game, 2 mobile web applications, and 1 physical computing device (a toy memory game). The Summer Intensive will culminate with Demo Day hosted at Google, where teams will present their final projects.

We’re very excited to see what our All Stars accomplish this Summer. Follow their work and play during this awesome #summerofcode on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.