--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Please replace the release (dated July 1, 2015) with the following corrected version due to a correction in the event date.
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WHAT THE YOUTH OF OUR COMMUNITIES NEED NOW!
Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids Demonstration Workshop
The All Stars Project, Inc.:
WHEN? Tuesday, July 7, 2015; 7:00 PM
WHERE? The Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027
WHY? The urgent need for Cops & Kids to understand and appreciate each other:
- With Ferguson, Baltimore, Cleveland and more in the news, the need for a program that is proven effective in building better, safer community relationships between youth and police officers is more urgent than ever. Media have the opportunity to help us spread the word – and by so doing, to build community and bring growth and development to every neighborhood and street corner in America.
WHAT is Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids?
- Cops & Kids is an exceptional and effective program of the All Stars Project, Inc. (ASP). ASP created Cops & Kids to support police and youth, who interact on a daily basis in communities throughout New York and other communities, to have more positive and productive relationships. The program was launched in 2006 by ASP at a moment when the relationship between inner-city youth and the police was especially tense. In 2011, the NYPD and the ASP entered into a formal partnership agreement to make Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids a part of the training of NYC police officers. Approximately 870 recent graduates of the New York City Police Academy, as well as 500 members of the community (including hundreds of inner city kids), are expected at the July 7 event.
- Weekly workshops bring together police officers and young people to help them create alternatives to how they usually interact with each other in the community. The workshops utilize the ASP’s performance based approach including theatre games, improvisational skits and conversation. 114 workshops have been conducted in the community involving 1,167 cops and 1,427 kids; additionally 3,544 Police Academy graduates and 1,702 community members have attended “demonstration workshops,” like the one that will take place on July 7.
- Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids was conceived by ASP co-founder Lenora Fulani, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist and community activist interested in changing the culture of mistrust between young people from inner-city communities and the officers who police those communities.
WHAT is The All Stars Project, Inc.?
- The ASP 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. 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.
Dr. Lenora Fulani is available for interviews now. Please contact Ariane Doud, Warner Communications, (978) 283-2674, email@example.com or Warner Communications Headquarters at (978) 526-1960.