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All Star Code’s Summer Benefit Raises over $740K!

unspecifiedOn Saturday, August 6th, All Star Code hosted its Third Annual Summer Benefit to raise funds and awareness of the organization’s mission. All Star Code raised more than $740,000 at the sold out benefit.

The rain held off throughout cocktails, so guests could enjoy the ocean view and play with the student-designed interactive game stations. All Star Code students and alums from all three years of the Summer Intensive program designed and ran the gaming stations. This year’s featured stations included Trigger Safe, a security technology for firearms that uses fingerprint scans to avoid improper use, the the All Star Website Showcase, and The Young Hackers, where guests got to experience what it’s like to organize and attend a hackathon as well as learn about the history, mission and future plans of The Young Hackers. Djassi and Zaire had a particularly popular station with Finchlympics, where guests competed in three games with Finch robots.

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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. Previous honoree and 2016 Summer Benefit Co-Chair, Frank A. Baker, presented the Visionary Award to Hilton Romanski, Chief Strategy Officer of Cisco, for his outstanding work in the tech sector.

Elliott Breece, Product Manager at Google Play and co-founder of Songza, received the Community Award presented by previous recipient and Google colleague, Marcus Mitchell. Elliott shared the critical importance of the tech industry and our students’ place within it saying that, “The world around us is being rebuilt with 1s and 0s, an increasingly connected and digital world. It’s natural that the people who are rebuilding this world will at some level rebuild it in their own image. It’s critical that young men of color are among the most active builders.”

Co-Chair Valentino D. Carlotti welcomed All Star Code’s Founder & Executive Director, Christina Lewis Halpern, to the stage. Christina spoke to the crowd of over 300 people about the core tenets that All Star Code embodies: Dare Greatly, Celebrate Failure, and Tell Your Story. She spoke about All Star Code’s mission saying, “We empower our students to attack new problems with confidence. We give them the tools to work on problems that lie beyond what they’ve already done. We give them the skills, networks, and mindset to create new futures through technology. What we want, really, is for them to figure out the future.” And we believe that they will meet the challenge.

All Star Code alumnus and current Summer Intensive Teaching Fellow, John Abreu, walked the crowd through his journey of finding All Star Code, and eloquently explained how the program has changed his future career path. Abreu will be attending Boston College this fall. “I believe the true value of this program lies in its placement of young men of color, with ambitions greater than their opportunities, in an industry that drives innovation around the world. An industry where people like me are the overwhelming minority,” John said.

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The evening closed with an exciting live auction presided over by auctioneer Alex Berggruen of Christie’s raising over $70,000. Attendees took over the dance floor with MICK keeping the party lit until the lights under the tent dimimed, and another Summer Benefit was successfully behind us.

Countless notable celebrities and personalities took part in the evening including: Jessica White, Maurice DuBois, Jay Williams, Elliott Breece, Hilton Romanski, Nassau County Legislator Carrie Solages, Dr. Nadia Lopez, Anna Throne-Holst, MICK, Alma and Charles Rangel, David N. Dinkins, Founder & Executive Director Christina Lewis Halpern, and Co-chairs Frank A. Baker, Valentino D. Carlotti, and Loida Nicolas Lewis.

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

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

Check out all of the photos from the event.

My First Month With All Star Code!

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Since early February, I have been happily interning twice a week as All Star Code’s Marketing and Development Intern and I love it! It is just what I wanted. So far, I have contributed to the monthly newsletter, blog posts, creating images that are being posted on ASC’s social media channels, donation acknowledgements and so much more.

A little over a week ago, I worked my first ASC event. I was in charge of the swag table. We gave away t-shirts, Google cardboards, several Chromebooks and a MacBook Air. It was an info session for future Summer Intensive participants. During the event their were exciting demos by Microsoft and Google. I had the opportunity to meet brilliant alumni, which sparked my imagination. The alumni are driven, creative and extremely mature. In addition, I was impressed when I met future ASC SI participants. They were so bright and had a passion for coding and technology that I’ve never seen before. I can’t imagine five years ago having such passion for Marketing.

After the event that night, I was inspired by them, the young men. I am so happy to be interning for such a brilliant non-profit, which has such a strong and powerful message.

The team has been very friendly and has welcomed me with open arms. I am looking forward to helping the ASC team organize a successful Summer Intensive as well as the Summer Benefit in 2016.

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

All Stars

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The All Star Code Impact

In September of last year, a chance meeting with Christina Lewis Halpern changed my life. Christina was just about to publicly launch All Star Code.  She was looking for someone to help run her new non-profit’s first event, to be held at Spotify’s headquarters a week later. In talking with her, I felt inspired by her passion, chutzpah, and big picture thinking. So, I dove in.

We met every day that week leading up to the event. And upon successfully wrapping All Star Code’s first workshop, she casually said to me with a smile, “You’re coming back Monday, right?”

I wasn’t lying about the chutzpah.

Of course I came back the following Monday. And here I am now – 4 workshops, 2 fundraisers, 1 benefit, 6 Summer Intensive weeks and 14 months of Mondays later.

In just one year, All Star Code has worked with more than 100 students from 8 different states and 56 different schools. We’ve recruited top industry professionals as teachers and mentors, and built a program that is so unique, so impactful, and so timely that I constantly find myself talking about the kinds of future leaders our All Stars are destined to become.

As the Director of Marketing and Events, I am highly attuned to the narratives that weave in and out of All Star Code. I often tell friends stories about the All Star student who shadowed me when I photographed a website building workshop. He then built an incredible website not only to showcase his own photography, but to get hired out as an event photographer himself. Or I speak of the two All Stars who created an interactive game that was such a hit at our Summer Benefit in July that the head of a museum invited them to showcase it at HIS event. More recently, I tell everyone about the All Star who came into the Summer Intensive with no prior coding experience, only to build a company with his cohorts that hosted a better-attended hackathon than our own. Christina’s chutzpah is clearly contagious.

Christina often tells anyone involved with All Star Code to “live the mission.” For me, that includes helping build an ecosystem of education and access for our All Stars, through both professional and personal resources.

When we were looking at different tech companies to host field trips for the Summer Intensive, I called my brother’s girlfriend, who works at LinkedIn.  I asked her to help me plan a day-long workshop that included student pitch sessions, profile building, and a hike to the top of the Empire State Building (where LinkedIn’s New York offices are headquartered). When we hosted a fundraiser in my hometown of San Francisco, I called upon a high school friend and winery owner to donate cases of wine to the event. When we needed assistant event managers at the Summer Benefit, I called upon three colleagues who had assisted me previously on other non-profit events. And when one of their boyfriends, a computer programmer, found out about her involvement with All Star Code, he rang me up the next day with a mixture of excitement and jealousy and asked how he too could get involved. And so he became a mentor at our last Design A Startup In A Day workshop hosted by Google. I live the mission by recruiting talent and building out our ecosystem because I believe in these boys and their potential to change the world.

Our ecosystem is expanding every day. If you are reading this now, then you are already a part of it. So I ask you, how will YOU live the mission? Will you volunteer or mentor at a workshop? Will you co-host a fundraiser? Or will you do something as easy as share our newsworthy updates on social media? All such efforts carry our movement forward.  We are all committed to changing the lives of our All Stars. What may surprise you is that because of your involvement with All Star Code, your life could very easily change as well.

Michael Schwartz & All Star Coders at Google Workshop

The 2014 ASC Summer Benefit + SI Week 1/2 Highlights

SUMMER BENEFIT

All Star Code’s inaugural Summer Benefit was a spectacular success, bringing together 140 people and raising over $200,000 and counting. These funds will go directly towards supporting our ground-breaking tech prep program, ensuring that we can invest in the highest-quality curriculum and continue to deliver the highest possible impact to our talented and deserving All Stars. Whether you’re a new friend of All Star Code’s or an early supporter, we thank you for your help and participation thus far.

Check out the benefit coverage from Bloomberg and East Hampton Star, as well as Bill Cunningham’s photographs, featured in the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times.

If you have not yet supported All Star Code, please consider making a donation now.

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Two of the Summer Benefit co-chairs, Loida Nicolas Lewis and Valentino D. Carlotti

ALL STAR CODE Summer Benefit

Benefit co-chairs Loida Nicolas Lewis, Christina Lewis Halpern, Valentino D. Carlotti, with Special Guest Troy Carter, Supporters Russell Simmons and Leslie Lewis, and six of our All Stars

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Founder & President Christina Lewis Halpern welcomes guests with the All Stars

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Mayor David Dinkins talks to two All Stars at their Internet Famous station

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Special Guest Troy Carter tops the FIFA station scoreboard

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Supporter Sherry B. Bronfman tries her hand at the All Star Maze station

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Guests snap photos with the All Stars using Makey Makey’s and a handshake

WEEK 1/2 HIGHLIGHTS

Avi Flombaum, Dean of The Flatiron School, kicked off the Summer Intensive with a great introduction to the world of coding. Afterwards, he said, “These kids are amazing and have so much potential. They are passionate and curious. I’m really happy to have had the opportunity to talk to them.”

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Hank Williams, Founder of Platform, William Crowder, Managing Director at Dreamit Ventures, and AOL CTO William Pence with Senior Marketing Manager Sara Bennett all had fantastic sessions with the students as well.

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A wide range of site visits included Dev Bootcamp, Spotify and The Flatiron School. And last Friday’s trip to Google HQ included conversations with Raj Krishnan, Product Manager, William Floyd, Head of External Affairs, and Katy Knight of Community Affairs.

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THIS WEEK

Talks with Arun Alagappan, Founder of Advantage Testing, and Dan Rodriguez, VP of Technology at Admit Advantage. More coding workshops with our co-facilitators Paul Marques and Jonathan Leung. More Hacking Success workshops with Signe Harriday. New athletic activities at Chelsea Piers. And a special visit to LinkedIn Headquarters in the Empire State Building.

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IN THE NEWS

Check out this article in Philanthropy News Digest about how to boost black male achievement.

“The barriers to success that black men face have been in plain sight for decades, so it is particularly heartening to see a movement taking shape that is specifically crafted to address these challenges and change the odds for one of the most disenfranchised populations in America.”

-Geoffrey Canada, President & CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone

ASC Summer Intensive Launch

THE 2014 ALL STAR CODE SUMMER INTENSIVE BEGINS

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After a momentous year of workshops, events, meetups and fundraisers, our joint efforts are paying off. It is with great privilege that we launch our inaugural Summer Intensive this Monday with 20 incredibly bright and passionate young men of color. A big thanks to AlleyNYC for hosting our six-week intensive in their fantastic, midtown space.

 OUR TEAM IS GROWING

ASC Team is Growing

With the launch of our Summer Intensive, we’d like to introduce you to three new members of our incredible team!

Amanda Greenberg, Special Assistant To The President (Fun Fact About Amanda: After graduating college, Amanda participated in a fellowship program where she spent 10 months living in Cambodia, teaching English at an NGO school for former street-working children.)

Paul Marques, Summer Intensive Co-Facilitator (Fun Fact About Paul: Paul is currently helping to design the Massachusetts statewide computer science frameworks.)

Jonathan Leung, Summer Intensive Co-Facilitator (Fun Fact About Jonathan: Jonathan is a 5 time organizer of PennApps, one of the largest student run hackathons in the world.)

All Star Code is still hiring a local, part-time graphic designer to join our team. If you or someone you know may be interested, please direct them HERE.

NY IDEAS FESTIVAL

All Star Code had the great pleasure of participating in this year’s New York Ideas Festival, sponsored by The Atlantic in partnership with Aspen Institute. ASC Founder and President Christina Lewis Halpern, along with Taofeek Rabiu, Senior Technical Manager of AOL platforms and ASC mentor, and Nikolas Rassoules, one of our awesome All Stars, participated in a conversation entitled, “Technicolor: Making Silicon (V)alley Look Like America”.

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The segment was moderated by Atlantic staff writer Megan Garber. You can watch the segment in full HERE. From all of us at All Star Code, Happy 4th of July! And have a great holiday weekend!

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SHOUT OUTS

GOOGLE GRANT

As our corporate partnerships continue to grow, we want to give a big shout out of appreciation to Google for their support through a Google Community Grant. Google has a rigorous vetting process for grantees and supports only absolute highest-quality organizations in the computer science education space. We are honored to be among them, and to have the investment of such a major company in the tech space.

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SUMMER BENEFIT

All Star Code will host its first summer benefit in East Hampton later this month, co-chaired by Valentino D. Carlotti, Christina Lewis Halpern, and Loida Nicolas Lewis. We’re thrilled to have Troy Carter in attendance as our special guest as well. We look forward to finally celebrating a year of hard work and great fun.

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YES WE CODE
Congrats to @YesWeCode on their new website. Now you can easily search for a coding organization near you!
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SAVE THE DATE

We hope you’ll join the All Star Code team on August 14th at our Summer Intensive Commencement and Science Fair. This will be the perfect opportunity for us to introduce you in person to our 20 All Stars and their tremendous work.
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