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  

7 people found this review helpful

I first heard about AStep after agreeing to perform in a benefit concert several years ago. After watching the videos about the organization, the people it helped, its generous mission and altruism, I was moved to volunteer my time for it whenever I could. I am amazed at how much the volunteers who travel to India give of themselves to the incredibly neglected children they serve.

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

Generous of themselves and their time and talents.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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13 people found this review helpful

ASTEP connected me with opportunities to use my personal skill sets in a way that helps others. I went to them with the talents I have to offer (performing, graphic design/layout,etc.) and they put me to work! They use their resources, both physical and fisical, very well. With a small core group they are always friendly, approachable, and easy to contact. They maintain a large and growing volunteer force and I look forward to seeing ASTEP's continued world wide impact, as well as my personal involvement in their efforts.

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

generous, creative, motivated, and passionate. The kind of people I would CHOOSE but have been lucky enough to stumble upon.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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11 people found this review helpful

ASTEP, Artists Striving to End Poverty, and all of the individuals connected with the organization are some of the most dedicated and selfless people I have ever encountered. My experience as a volunteer for their summer program in Homestead was a pivotal moment in my life. From start to finish, the experience was incredibly positive and fulfilling for both the faculty and the students. ASTEP's contributions to humanity are remarkable, and I feel so blessed to have come in contact with this magnificent group of people.

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

The relationships formed with the students and faculty. Many of us were strangers, and we became a family within a week. Over a year later, I am still very close with many of the people that I spent a month with.

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

Motivated, original, compassionate, inspiring, and fun people.

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?

2009-10-01

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10 people found this review helpful

My experience is watching a great number of my friends create their organization and pour their heart and souls into working with these children. The volunteers of ASTEP are some of the most talented artists I know, yet they all put working with children first on their priority list, and their own careers second. That's love and dedication!

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

Thrilling, dedicated, creative, hard working, thought provoking, constantly trying to think outside the box, loving, energetic...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

My experience with ASTEP has changed who I am and what I live for. They are an extremely well organized group made up of passionate and driven artists that believe that arts education can stop the poverty cycle. And through my experience with them, I am now a believer of this concept too and will continue to dedicate much of my time to help it come true. I have absolutely no complaints.

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

pay their volunteers. I worry how much I will be able to work with them, especially in times where I cannot afford to take a month off of work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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9 people found this review helpful

My experience with ASTEP changed my life forever; and even though I have been on a slight hiatus from them, those experiences continue to impact my life for the better. Above all, the best thing about the organization is that everyone who decides to get involved is passionate about what they are doing, and are doing it for the right reason. It is not a charity that is there just for the sake of being a charity, but it is there because they actually want to complete their mission to change lives for the better. And they will stop at nothing to achieve just that. ASTEP in the right direction!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

a very positive way!

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

it's real. No phony business. They do what they have to do to achieve what they are wanting to achieve...and against any obstacle, they usually succeed.

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

Passionate individuals who really care about what they are doing and why they are doing it.

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

make the lives of many children that much, safer, better, and allow them to actually have a future rather than just dream about one.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I went to Bangalore, India two summers ago to volunteer at the Shanti Bhavan School through ASTEP. It continues to be one of the most pivotal experiences of my life. The time I spent there opened my eyes to a world that I had never seen or been exposed to before. There are no words to describe the impact that the children I met and worked with at Shanti Bhavan had on my life. And it would have never been possible without the help of ASTEP. ASTEP is like no other non profit, in that they do not charge young artists, such as myself, to pursue a calling for overseas outreach. When I was looking into international outreach, I looked into many organizations. ASTEP was the ONLY organization that didn't charge me thousands of dollars (not including plane fare) to go and help others globally. In face, ASTEP gave me a list of ways to fundraise the only money I would need to go...my plane fare. I was able to raise the money I needed to travel without a huge dent in my wallet. I also had the honor of working at shanti Bhavan with Mary Mitchell Campbell, the founder of ASTEP. Mary Mitchell is undoubtedly one of the most incredible and inspiring people that i have ever met. With a career blooming on Broadway, she continues to focus all that she has on ASTEP and keeping this unique and one of a kind organization alive and thriving.

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

the way that the staff deals with me individually and I can see the volunteers become more active members of the organization, volunteering so much of their time to help.

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

committed and willing to donate huge amoutns of time and energy to helping ASTEP continue to grow.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I started out as a facilitator with astep, many moons ago. I believe i was part of the AIA camps on its second year, and i've been involved since. I now am a program coordinator for the summer camps. It has changed my life and brought me in touch with whats going on the world around me.

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

all kind hearted,giving and community focused individuals who want to create community while making a difference.

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

Expand to every city or town in america and around the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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3 people found this review helpful

ASTEP is truly amazing. They provide such love and care to everyone they encounter. They taught me a lot about reaching out to others.

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

the people.

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

all energetic and open.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-5-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Wonderful meaningful....donated electronics and small musical instruments to the kids. Found astep staff to be sincere, hopeful, dedicated, humble. I reallly believe in this charity especially during these hard times

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

The performances in ny

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

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

My strengthening friendships with mo, beth through sharec passion for charity

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

All levels

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

Shape the next MJ

Ways to make it better...

More people donated money

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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