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Causes: Employment, Job Training

Mission: i.c.stars was formed in 1999 to develop 1,000 Community Leaders by 2020. We are a non-profit organization in Chicago for adults with a high school diploma or GED. Using project-based learning and full immersion teaching, i.c. stars provides an opportunity for change-driven, future leaders to develop skills in business and technology.

Results: We are now in our 21st internship cycle. We see over 400 applicants to fill 10 slots per cycle. We have 145 Alumni to date. The average earning increase of our alumni is 200%. There are over 700 Active Volunteers. The program grew by 57% in the 2009 fiscal year. 81% of our alumni are working in technology. We have over 100 Community Partnerships.

Geographic areas served: Chicago, IL

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this place!! I learned so much and expanded my network in unimaginable ways.
i.c. stars is the best way to a fresh start. They teach you to think.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful and a great help for those who want to learn and change. They have amazing tools to teach you business, leadership, and technology skills. This foundation is an excellent resource to all who want to learn, and change their life situation.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

IC Stars is a great organization. They have developed a wonderful database tool that we use in our organization every day. Not only is the tool very helpful, but they too, are very helpful whenever we have questions or need additional support. Great organization with a great mission doing great things!

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Former staff

Rating: 5

I am an alum of i.c.stars, and the organization has really changed my life. Prior to the internship I was doing ok really just cruising by in life. But once I got into the program I really just began to open up and blossom. I gained much more than the great hands on knowledge and experience. I really latched on to the culture of the brand and wanted to be present to help develop it into a realization of the vision of the founders. I know have the opportunity to give back and help build and lead under served communities in and around the city.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've met dozens of I.C.Stars alumni and I am so impressed with who they are and what they've accomplished! I.C.Stars alumni have proven their ambition and their willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done! What organization can do without people like these? This is a great organization to support and a great group of people to hire!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

.c.stars is a non profit organization that helps you embody, BLT(Business, Leadership, and Technology) skills that will play a key role in making a difference in our community. CONTRIBUTE TO i.c.stars AND BE A PART OF DEVELOPING THE NEXT 1,000 COMMUNITY LEADERS BY YEAR 2020.Because of i.c.stars I am now building websites and waking the hidden entrepreneur that was dormant inside me. I thank i.c.stars for bringing out the best out of me to help others in the same way.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation has given me the opportunity to develop and improve my business, leader and technical skills. As an intern, I.C.Stars has broadened my network by introducing me to C.E.O'S and other top executives at tea. The Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation focuses on giving back to others, the community and beyond. I had technical knowledge but now I have a purpose for utilizing that knowledge to help others. I never knew I could use my passion to change the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a long-time volunteer with i.c. stars* and can say that it is truly one of the world's best run and most visionary charities. i.c. stars* nurtures community leaders and lets them see that they can be positive, impactful agents of change.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience during my time at i.c.stars I learned valuable leadership, business, and technology lessons. I learned more there in my 4 months of training than I did in my 4 years of getting my college degree.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In my experience, i.c.stars has provided me with an opportunity to realize my potential and has given me a means through technology to really give back. I had absolutely no technology experience what so ever and within 4 months, I had worked as a web developer for a non-for-profit, pitched a business plan to a group of venture capitalist, and was the lead database specialist on a project to enhance an inner office email system with a user interface for United Stationers. I also had the opportunity to go into MY OWN community and choose an organization to work wih. All of this from a single mother whose first and only job was a cashier at Jewel Food Store! I now work as a Development Analyst at one of the top health insurance companies in the nation! i.c.stars has offered 100s of people just like me the opportunity to shatter perceptions, become change agents, and uplift our communities.