INNER-CITY COMPUTER STARS FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.93 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Job Training

Location: 212 W Superior St Ste 300 Chicago IL 60610 USA

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
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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!

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

Their continued support whenever we need assistance and their great attititudes while doing it!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Expand even faster and reach many more people in other states and countries.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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!

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

using the Technology Leaders Association Web site. It is well supported, well designed and provides great functionality - obviously with very low cost of ownership. They clearly selected a great platform for the site - and they're very responsive.

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

It hurs my heart to hear that 400 candidates apply for only 10 or 11 positions in each cycle. What can we do to get more people into programs like this?

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

The benefits alumni gain from their program are countless and immediately obvious. Rarely do you see such immediate results from such a small donation of your time or expertise.

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

Amazing, generous, selfless, talented, kind, funny, strong, ...

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

Accept more candidates; branch out to more cities; literally save more lives. This organization provides a sustainable life altering career change to inner city youth at risk.

Ways to make it better...

I could have placed every single one of the folks I've met in a position. They are just wonderful people.

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

I think they probably could use more financial support and more job placement opportunities.

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

This organization does the most effective job I've ever seen in erasing poverty in the inner city. I.C. Stars alumni experience on average a 240% increase in annual income when they get thier first job in the tech sector.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

.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.

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

my internship that i had with cycle 20. I was able to be a part of a great organization that let me work with other great minds in responding to an RFP, Building an Ecommerce Business, and Building two Websites all in 4 months time.

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

is all the new great friends and mentors that are now part of my life and the suggestions, advice, and training that i will take with me to forever and use in my new found career in IT.

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

Outstanding in every way. True experts and true believers that were with me every step of the way during my internship and up to this day still offering their experience and advice.

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

change perceptions not only on a local scale but in a world wide scale, changing the way we look at our communities, professions, and technology. The community leaders goal would be reached and met and we would have to look at a much higher numbertoachiev

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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13 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Cycle 21 Intern

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

The support, training, network and love toward everyone.

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

outstanding.

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

produce more business and technical leaders who would improve their communities and beyond

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Expand. Make a difference in many other cities in the US and globally.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

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.

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

both my professional and personal life.

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

that I made lasting relationships. Once a member of i.c.stars you are family.

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

Wonderful people from such diverse backgrounds, from people who run non profits, or are finding ways to help their communities and others, to CEOs and CIOs of major corporations, all with the same goals.

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

Spread globally and impact the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

realizing my leadership potential. Before i.c.stars, I knew I wanted to give back but was unsure of how I would do it. This organizations gave me the tools to reach out and give back to my community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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