Artists Striving To End Poverty Inc

Rating: 4.92 stars   119 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Philanthropy

Location: 165 West 46th Street Suite 1303 New York NY 10036 USA

Mission: ASTEP uses the arts as a tool to empower young people with creativity, knowledge, and a strong sense of self-esteem, factors which help them advance their lives and communities. At ASTEP, we provide artists with opportunities to connect with global youths, allowing them to use their gifts to create meaningful and effective change for young people in need.
Target demographics: underserved youth experience the transforming power of the arts
Direct beneficiaries per year: close to 1,000 children!
Geographic areas served: USA, Africa, India, Ecuador
Programs: after-school arts education programs and multi-week art camps.
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 20-4532991
212-921-1227
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

This organization goes into places too often forgotten. It brings education, health and nutritional services, through, and with,an emphasis on artistic expression. A modality not only enjoyable, but necessary for encouraging communication and non-linear thinking.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing ASTEPS dedication

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Witnessing the transformation of, not only the the children, but the volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Committed heart and soul, with no thought of their time or energy as being a sacrifice.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

literally raise the bottom through art, education, and general life support of the worlds so-called "underclasses."

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I have taught at 2 ASTEP camps here in the US and will be going to South Africa twice this fall to teach there. This is an organization that does wonders for children. Using the arts to expand their horizons and give them confidence to pursue their dreams and goals. Not only that, but it has been an incredible blessing in my life, having the opportunity to work with such amazing children and re-energizing my pursuits.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more kids, make it easier for volunteers to take go do the work, and pay it's incredibly hard working staff what they deserve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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9 people found this review helpful

Being involved with ASTEP and bringing it to the NYU community has been an invaluable experience for everyone involved. ASTEP is dedicated not only to the community it serves, but also to reaching out to neighboring communities to branch out their service. The ASTEP board has been so supportive of our efforts at NYU, and they are unfailingly dedicated to furthering their mission and purpose. ASTEP's mission has inspired me personally and professionally to use my time and talents to serve those less fortunate than me and to encourage the arts in all communities.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the wonderful and inspiring staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful, supportive, enthusiastic, energetic, inspired, dedicated, passionate, persistent, ambitious.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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11 people found this review helpful

ASTEP changed my life. I remember working with a student who didn't speak English very well and no matter how hard the teachers and I tried, he just wouldn't budge. Each time during journaling though, I would notice he would start writing a little bit more than the day before. Soon enough, he was participating in improvisation exercises in Drama class and dancing in the front row for dance choreography class. Using the ASTEP mission statement, as teachers we created a camp that allowed for this student to experiment with all forms of expression, despite the language barrier that existed. At the final performance, right before he went on stage to play his solo guitar gig, he looked into my eyes and said- I will never go into something with a negative attitude. It was in that single moment that I knew that even if these students don't go on to be famous performers on Broadway or incredible musicians playing at Rockefeller Center, they now had the confidence to take on the world. Without ASTEP, that wouldn't have been possible.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

each of the children I come back to visit each year- whether they've now applied to college, or had the confidence to speak up in class- a positive impact is definitely visible.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

demand that my staff had a month long vacation... because they deserve it!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the compassionate individuals I have met as part of the program and the long lasting friendships I will forever have with them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the most warm-hearted and passionate people I have ever met. A sincere passion for change is present.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change future generations to become compassionate, active individuals of society.

Ways to make it better...

it wouldn't have to end.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

visibility and funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

ASTEP is the greatest non-profit I have ever volunteered for.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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10 people found this review helpful

My experience with ASTEP was life changing. I learned so much about myself and what I am capable of doing. I wish I would have knew a little more about the program before going down to Florida because I was a bit nervous, but I now realize that I had no reason to be nervous. The kids, other volunteers, and staff were amazing. I truly hope that I get to work with ASTEP again!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the students I worked with and in who I am as a person.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try and get the camp plan a bit more laid out before the volunteers arrived. At times it would have been nice to not have to start from the ground up even though it was an awesome experience.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with a great group of artists.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

truly artists striving to end poverty. They were beyond amazing to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

take the program all over the world and offer every child the opportunity to participate in this amazing camp experience. It could also provide scholarships for those students going on to college.

Ways to make it better...

I would have been better informed about what I was going to be doing before I went down there.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not being able to get a wide range of artists to teach the students.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope I get to come back!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

ASTEP has been an invaluable resource for me as I look for volunteer opportunities in the Arts in New York City. THey are so well connected in the performing arts world, and provide unmatched arts education for young people throughout the world. I can't wait to work with them more as years go on! When I was teaching in Nicaragua, the staff of ASTEP spent hours with me helping develop my program, and I wasn't even working directly through them! They are so generous with their time and talent--truly a leader in the field.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my work through the consultation they gave me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their giving nature and willingness to support me in my work, even when I wasn't working directly for them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely dedicated and passionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide life-changing artistic experiences to young people in communities that never have opportunties to express themselves through the arts.

Ways to make it better...

I could live and work directly for ASTEP in NYC, and actually be in one of their projects.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I just finished my 3rd year working with Artists Striving To End Poverty Inc. (ASTEP) in it's Homestead, Florida High School Summer Camp. The work that they do there can only be described as palpable. I can't imagine planning a year without including some time to volunteer for them. They have a habit of creating a welcoming atmosphere that seems to touch you before you get on the plane. You feel the family forming before you meet your team and by the time you're in the same room it's already like you've known each other for months. It's not enough to read about the magic that happens there, it must be experienced physically. There is something that changes the air about working with them that everyone feels. I have witnessed youth of varying ages enter the camp with a shy, insecure demeanor and by the last day of camp most of the those kids are jumping in the middle of a crowd screaming the camp chant louder than any else. ASTEP has made it personally possible for me to witness the type of change that occurs when you take time to give your time to bestow your talents and skills on youth. It has quite frequently brought me to tears.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way it not only strives to better communities and families but also use the artistic talents of others to facilitate that change.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

almost like family within hours of meeting them.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Teaching in FL and South Africa with ASTEP was the most inspiring and important thing I have done with my life so far. I learned so much about another culture, I learned about how art can heal. Even if you don't speak the same language, you can communicate through art and change the life of a young child. The kids in FL and South Africa changed my life, opened my eyes to a new way of seeing the world, they taught me how to be a more compassionate human. I wouldn't trade my experience with ASTEP for anything in the world. It was fantastic!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing kids who were abused in some way come full circle. I have seen kids change completely in a matter of weeks because they discovered an art form that touched them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

mostly Juilliard alumnus. I was surrounded by talented artists who only wanted to give everything that they could to the children.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of children all over the world. Every child deserves to go to through this program. It is an amazing way to teach children about art, and allow them to see their full potential.

Ways to make it better...

it was longer and I could do this every day. I did not want it to end.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Having enough money to accomplish as much as they can dream up.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I volunteer for ASTEP once a week, mostly doing office-y type stuff... and not only does it make me feel awesome (because that's what volunteering does), every week i learn another fabulous amazing thing that ASTEP does, or i learn about another amazing life it has touched. Check out the website, volunteer and challenge yourself to change lives... and your own in the process.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the faces of children and artists and volunteers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be a better person.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with incredible people and learning about the thousands of lives that are touched by this incredible organization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

intelligent, inspiring and way cool.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand programming, employ thousands of artists, change the world, make children smile... did i mention change the world?

Ways to make it better...

i could volunteer with more people. Sign up!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the current economy, small office space (which is generously donated),

One thing I'd also say is that...

volunteering doesn't have to be about writing a check. ASTEP could use volunteers in all areas, as well as office equipment, in-kind donations... or even an hour of your time once a month. You are the only person who limits your imagination.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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