13 Apr
  • By AllstarsHK

Going Beyond the Grant

Virtual Town Hall Hosted by All Stars Helping Kids 

Advancing equity and justice by disrupting the cycle of poverty in the Bay Area  

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – In working with youth in low-income and underrepresented communities, it takes more than money to achieve impact. Join All Stars Helping Kids Executive Director David Greco and leaders of local nonprofits as they share authentic stories of Bay Area youth and how they are elevating the community. 

Attendees will hear from James Nguyen, a first-generation UC Berkeley student from Richmond, Calif. who earned a full-ride scholarship with the help of All Stars Grantee, WriterCoach Connection. Nguyen took a leap of faith by trusting his volunteer writer coach and wrote about coming back from a horrific accident that nearly cost him his life. Throughout the process, he was also able to explore some of the struggles he endured throughout his upbringing as the son of a single parent in a low-income household. 

“There’s a lot of things behind the scenes that you don’t see on paper,” said Nguyen, who credits WriterCoach Connection for helping him achieve his academic dreams. “I grew up without a dad at a very young age. Sometimes there wouldn’t be food on the table (and) sometimes I’d have to share a bed with three or four people.” 

Dr. Tyfahra Milele, Executive Director of Camp Phoenix will speak to the reality of working with youth in low-income and underrepresented communities. Campers spend three weeks in a fun-filled justice-centered program. The camp is intentional about empowering teens, reconnecting them to nature so they can become future leaders in their own communities.  

“The All Stars model of going beyond the grant and investing in innovative community-based nonprofits builds stronger more sustainable nonprofits and increases the impact for disadvantaged youth. And when we provide opportunities for youth to achieve their true potential, it not only impacts their lives but the lives of their family and the community as a whole.” said David Greco. 

Using a venture capitalist approach to philanthropy, All Stars brings together cash grants, capacity building workshops, individualized one-on-one coaching and connection to donor and peer networks to support emerging nonprofits working to disrupt the cycle of poverty for disadvantaged youth. 

All Stars Helping Kids was created in 1989, when NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott gathered his friends for a dinner to benefit the local community. After raising $100,000 in one night, Ronnie and his wife Karen invest in several nonprofits fighting poverty in the South Bay. Since then, All Stars Helping Kids has invested $25 million in grants and resources to over 600 organizations, impacting the lives of thousands of children through education, health and fitness and life skills. 

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Media Contact: Mega Jewell 



Date: April 10, 2021