Halpern Honored with Community Spirit Award for After-school Research

Professor Robert Halpern received the 2012 Community Spirit Award from the All Stars Project of Chicago, a nonprofit organization that sponsors innovative inner-city youth development programs.

All Stars Project directors David Cherry and Julie Lenner presented the award at the organization’s annual Partners with Youth Benefit Luncheon on June 19.

“We are pleased to honor Professor Robert Halpern,” said Lenner. “He is one of our country’s leading after-school scholars and researchers and has led the way in recognizing the importance of after-school to young people’s growth.”

Halpern’s publications include The Means to Grow Up: Reinventing Apprenticeship as a Developmental Support in Adolescence (Routledge, 2009), Critical Issues in After-School Programming (2006) [PDF, 149pg], and Making Play Work, The Promise of After-School Programs for Low-Income Children (Teachers College Press, 2003).

Image: Halpern at the Partners with Youth Benefit Luncheon

Halpern (second from right) with All Stars Project leaders and supporters (from left) Board Chair Richard Sokolow, President and CEO Gabrielle L. Kurlander, Gigi Pritzker, Advisory Committee Chair Steve Bowen, and co-founder Lenora B. Fulani

Mark Jackson of Family Focus and Diane Latiker of Kids Off The Block also received Community Spirit Awards. William E. Lowry, Jr., of The Chicago Community Trust and David S. Heller of Latham & Watkins LLP received the Partners with Youth Award.