SANTA CLARA— January 26, 2023

All Stars Helping Kids, founded by NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and his wife Karen, is thrilled to announce its 2023 Cohort of innovative youth-serving nonprofits for the All Stars Accelerator Program. With more than 325,000 youth living in poverty in the Bay Area, All Stars will invest more than $400,000 in four emerging nonprofit organizations that are working to help overlooked and underserved youth in low-income communities succeed academically, build meaningful careers, and stay physically and mentally healthy. 

Selected after a rigorous application process, the 2023 Cohort is: 

  • Develop for Good – Recruits and manages teams of talented product, engineering, and design students to build technology solutions and platforms for non-profits.
  • GiveThx – Strengthens student well-being and social-emotional skills through an online digital gratitude program
  • MeWater Foundation – Educates, inspires and empowers underserved youth through the power of mother nature
  • Student Program for Academic & Athletic Transitioning – SPAAT – Supports and coaches student-athletes in making successful transitions in college and career readiness 


Since launching the Accelerator Program in 2012,  All Stars and its portfolio of innovative nonprofit partners have reached more than 207,000 youth across the Bay Area. More than 70% of All Stars’ portfolio organizations are headed by black, brown, LGBTQ+, or woman leaders.

  • While the high school graduation rate in California is 85%, All Stars grantees are seeing high school graduation rates of over 95% and college matriculation rates of well over 90%.
  • Youth are more connected, and they see themselves as leaders in their communities.
  • Our youth have launched more than 150 businesses and social enterprises. 
  • They are getting jobs and building careers at some of the Bay Area’s leading tech companies

The Accelerator Program partners with local, community-based nonprofits working to ensure youth in underserved communities have access to quality education, career readiness, and health & wellness programs. The cohort participates in a three-year intensive program designed to help build the organizational capacity, financial sustainability, and community impact of those organizations working to disrupt the cycle of poverty for Bay Area youth.

“Far too many youths are struggling in school, dealing with trauma and violence at home, and are unable to secure living wage jobs.  These incredible nonprofits are on tackling these challenges head-on and are working to ensure that every youth in the Bay Area has the opportunity to achieve their full potential,” said David Greco, Executive Director of All Stars Helping Kids.

About All Stars Helping Kids

All Stars Helping Kids was created in 1989 when NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott gathered his friends for dinner to benefit the local community. After raising $100,000 in one night, Ronnie and his wife, Karen, invested in several nonprofits fighting poverty in the South Bay. Since then, All Stars Helping Kids has invested more than $30 million in grants and resources to over 600 organizations, impacting the lives of thousands of youth by providing access to education, career readiness, and health & wellness programs.