ALL STARS RAPID RESPONSE FUND

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Thanks to your generous support, All Stars has been able to provide more than $160,000 in rapid response grants to All Stars’ grantees to help them manage through this extraordinary time and continue to serve the youth and communities that are already living on the edge.

In addition, All Stars created a COVID-19 Nonprofit Survival Toolkit and provided a virtual training session with the All Stars grantees on essential topics such as managing cash flow, engaging funders, and supporting staff during the economic shutdown.

With our supporters at Ensemble Capital, Point-Slope Capital, and Deloitte, we also created a “Help Desk” of financial experts to coach our grantees navigating the CARES Act, applying for the Payroll Protection Loans, and accessing local emergency response funds and resources.

Thank you to all of our generous donors and supporters who made this work possible.

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Wendy & Steve GuttmanJoe LonsdaleKaren & Ronnie LottJodie & Jack Russi
Laurie & Mark WoodwardMark and Jannie Wu Family Foundation

RESILIENCY, INNOVATION & IMPACT IN TIMES OF CRISIS

How All Stars and Our Grantees Adapted to Serve Disadvantage Youth

As the COVID-19 crisis ripped across the Bay Area, All Stars was able to deploy funding and provide capacity building support that addressed the real-world and rapidly changing needs of nonprofits in times of crisis. Learn more about how All Stars and our nonprofit partners adapted to better serve disadvantaged youth across the Bay Area.

“Winners play tough and champions are born in adversity. It is in adversity where you find true character, it reveals us. During COVID, our best moments were exhibited from nonprofit leaders not knowing if they could do it and finding a way to deal with the challenges around them and be a champion. It is what’s made this country and it’s in adverse moments that we find a way to change and make things better.”
— Ronnie Lott, Founder, All Stars Helping Kids

HELPING TO CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

“We at San Francisco Achievers always want to make sure our students are supported and sent to college prepared. Especially during this pandemic when we’ve really heard from students that there continues to be a significant digital divide. All Stars Helping Kids truly went above and beyond to help secure 25 laptops for a new class of scholars as well as cases and backpacks so that our students will be successful as they begin distance learning over the summer. And now our Board has been inspired to help make sure that every class after this always has the technology to succeed in higher education.”

– DUANE WILSON, Executive Director, SF Achievers

Thank you to Jason Morella, CEO of RAFT, for donating computer bags for students. Also pictured, Manju Ramachandran, Development Director, All Stars Helping Kids

San Francisco Achiever students receive their new computers and supplies to get ready for digital learning.

25 new laptops from Dell and their partner Computacenter for the next class of SF Achievers!

New backpacks donated by Amazon!

How All Stars Grantees are Adapting and Driving Impact:

Helping to Close the Achievement Gap
With schools closed, disadvantaged youth are in danger of falling behind academically and widening the achievement gap. But WriterCoach Connection and their team of dedicated volunteers have risen to the challenge and pivoted to providing online coaching, mentoring and writing support. They are training more than 100 coaches to ensure East Bay youth can continue to excel in their critical thinking and writing skills.

Addressing the Digital Divide
Alpha Public Schools not only responded to schools closing by providing mobile WiFi hotspots to their families so students could access classes and school resources, they are also providing grab-and-go food service every weekday for Alpha families.

Inspiring Youth
April is National Poetry Month, and Chapter 510 is inspiring youth to write a poem every day in April on Instagram and leading online weekly poetry writing workshops. While traditional learning has been suspended, Chapter 510 is creatively working to engage the entire city of Oakland to Write their Roots for Epic Poetry Day on April 27th. Chapter 510 will compile all poetry forms into one gigantic Oakland-penned poem to be unveiled in the near future.

Keeping Youth Active & Healthy
Project Commotion staff are providing emotional and academic support online, creating video content to keep children and families physically active in their homes, and helping families connect to vital resources such as food pick-up locations and mental health. Preschool families are joining for virtual storytime, movement classes, and snack time songs.

Oakland Lacrosse has taken their teams and training online. Coaches are meeting with each team each week via Zoom for socialization, connecting and training instruction. They are also posting daily nutritious meals, mindfulness activities and exercises for the youth on Instagram.

Adapting Programs to Serve Youth
Responding to the stay at home orders, Team Inc. pivoted their innovative and disruptive analytics training program (which was recently featured in the Atlantic) to pilot a 6-week online training program for some of our most vulnerable youth.

Hear from Our Grantees

“Thank you friends and allies. Can’t tell you how wonderful it feels to have All Stars Helping Kids in your corner. We are so grateful for how much you all have provided us. No one loves its community partners like All Stars.”
Janet Heller, Chapter 510

“Team ASHK. Just sending a thank you for your recent investment to the OLC. I appreciate how your team has stepped up during this surreal time. Looking forward to getting to the other side of this and seeing you all in person.”
Kevin Kelley, Oakland Lacrosse Club

“As we close up another week in these unprecedented and overwhelming times I wanted to send my love and gratitude to you and your amazing ASHK team! The Rapid Response Grant Support and the coaching, mentoring and resource sharing from the team has been a game changer! We submitted the Payroll Protection Loan Application today and without the guidance and info from ASHK we wouldn’t have understood it well enough in time. The stepping up from you all has helped us at MLP step up in such a challenging time.”
JG, Mindful Life Project

Learn more about how All Stars' grantees are driving real impact.

See how All Stars grantees helped James Green go from extreme poverty to making profits in the sneaker industry and 17-year-old Jayden Cummings of Emeryville win the Congressional App Challenge in for his app iBlinkco!

ALL STARS HELPING KIDS LAUNCHES RAPID RESPONSE FUND

All Stars Helping Kids remains deeply committed to standing with our grantees and communities in this turbulent time.

Our grantees, like many nonprofits, are facing a ‘perfect storm’ with the cancellation of fundraising events, financial uncertainty in the days and weeks ahead, and an increase in demand since the people who are being hit the hardest by this economic disruption are the very families and communities served by our grantees.

This is not the time to step back

To provide our grantees with the breathing room to allow them to focus on their mission in this critical time, All Stars Helping Kids has committed funding to create a Rapid Response Fund to offset unexpected costs and loss of income incurred as a result of the disruptions to commerce, government, schools, businesses, and the local economy.

This fund will rapidly deploy short-term, flexible operating grants to All Stars’ grantees and nonprofit partners to help them manage through this extraordinary time and continue to serve the youth and communities that are already living on the edge.

The All Stars community has always responded in times of crisis. Today is no different. We need your support – every dollar makes an impact. Please join us and stand with our grantees in this critical moment.

On behalf of All Stars, our grantees, and the youth we serve, thank you!

Rapid Response Fund Eligibility & Guidelines

Eligibility: Applicants must be current or former grantees of the All Stars Cohort Program that have experienced unexpected costs or loss of revenue due to economic disruption from the COVID-19 outbreak. This is designed as a flexible short-term response fund to provide relief for a variety of unexpected costs, loss of revenue due to cancelling fundraising or donor events, or curtailing of program services due to the coronavirus outbreak. We will give special consideration to grantees in highly affected geographies and those experiencing significant cashflow challenges.

Amount: One-time rapid response grants up to $5,000, depending on the need and the amount available in the fund at the time of the grant.

Eligible expenses: Current staff wages or salaries, health insurance premiums, rent and utilities, or standard program-related expenses. Each case is considered on its own merits. Costs must be supported by documentation. Emergency funds are not intended for bonuses, vacation time, technology, program expansion or other non-critical operating or program-related expenses. These funds are for use in the Bay-Area only.

Please contact Julie Brown, Program Director, All Stars Helping Kids at julie@allstarshelping.org for additional information.