INNER-CITY COMPUTER STARS FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.93 stars   28 reviews

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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
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

i. c. stars is a top quality organization that offers real-world experience in a "life-classroom" setting, where driven individuals are given exposure to the world of IT through actual business acquisition, RFP responses, SDLC and solution delivery. I've had the privilege of speaking to quite a few individuals who graduated from the program as well ask knowing several of the founding members and current leadership team. I have found ALL of them to be extremely exceptional individuals who truly strive to make a difference. Whether you have experiences to share with hungry minds, real opportunities that require agile minds and solid solutions, or whether you are interested in giving back to the community in a way that is truly rewarding, I would highly recommend contacting i.c. stars to learn more about this organization

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

how seriously all the graduates take the experience and how successfully they are after graduation. Even as alums, most past cycle members stay very involved and committed to this organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Working at i.c.stars and with i.c.stars staff, interns and alums was a transformational experience for me. It was one of, if not the most, profound opportunities I've been fortunate enough to be a part of. i.c.stars does indeed dare you to dream, challenging the limits of who you think you are and what you think you're able to do. A deep commitment to mentorship, relationship building, community and a no-holds barred attitude to attaining knowledge and experience makes i.c.stars thrive as an organization. The technology training is superb. i.c.stars truly empowers each member of each internship cycle to find and learn whatever programming language, content management system or anything else he or she needs or wants to learn. The greatest strength, however, is what is behind the technology training- leadership development. The how behind the training, the process of learning technology, provides a platform for leadership to flourish. Interns take initiative and decide what and how they need to learn. Interns are challenged to create opportunities for their community thus providing a context wherein interns must think about how they impact others and what they want that impact to be. A question most interns face is, "How do I use my knowledge, abilities and skills to create opportunities for others?" i.c.stars provides the support for the question to develop and the resources necessary for it to be answered. During my year there as an Americorp placement I had to dig deep and find the answer to that question for myself and luckily enough for me I've found one. It is with great gratitude that I vote for i.c.stars.

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

change the world. Literally. Thousands of opportunities would be created where there were none. Thousands of people would be challenged to lead and thousands of leaders would be developed.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I.c.stars was a live changing experience. It change in many good ways my perspective of life at a personal and professional level. The training achieved when I was at icstars was real live scenarios and prepared me for a real job without having the extensive long classes in college. Thanks to the acceleration that icstars contributed in my life I have a great job.

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

Thanks to i.cstars I have a great job and owner of my own consulting company.

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

the time spent with other students challenging their lif's to a better world.

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

impressive, communited, giving.

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

change the world of many brilliant minds and life's of many in need.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Amazing, empowering, and innovative place that changes people's lives. I am always and constantly impressed with their clear vision and their drive to succeed. I know they are well on their way.

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

Warm, Kind, and Team Players

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

Change the face of Chicago

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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3 people found this review helpful

I was an i.c. stars volunteer through my employer on the TEP programs over an approx 8 month period of time. I was consistently impressed with the passion, drive, and dedication the leadership team brought to the organization. I also met some of the interns, whose stories are quite inspiring.

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

...learning about the great work this organization does and having the opportunity to interface with their team.

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

....expand its services, increase its staff, and reach more people in need!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with IC Stars for over 8 years now and it is truly one of the best progroams I have ever been involved with. Talk about an organization who "pays it forward". I can't say enough good things about IC Stars and what they have done for our community.

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

how it has evolved over the years. It is amazing to see what a small group of people were able to accomplish in a short period of time.

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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10 people found this review helpful

Every single person that I have met from this organization has not only been extremely driven, but has exceeded all expectations as to what you would believe an IT professional to be.

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

action.

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About every week

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2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

We have hired i.c.Stars students in the past, and have found they are extremely motivated and quick learners thus has nicley provided support and programming to our business needs around soical and web content.

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

my comnpany and network

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

market the organziation to largers markets

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

being able to make a differnece in the lives of fellow Chicagians.

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

Management volunteers clients sponsors

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

change the lifes in a positive way for 1000s of young adults but introduing them to the techology and leadership fields

Ways to make it better...

none

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

funding to expand

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

I'm glade I'm a part of the organization in many ways - sponsor, support, volunteer and board member

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

Developing leadership skills and refining our professional abilities is a lifelong process and i.c.stars has provided many developing professionals with critical insights and training that has enabled them to succeed.

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

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

produce 10,000 community leaders by 2020.

Ways to make it better...

the organization gets more funding.

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 month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I attended IC Stars as an Intern in 2000. I was in a very difficult time in my life where I dealt with family issues and was unable to continue college. After a vigorous process, I was fortunate to be accepted in this program. Clearly this was a life changing experience for me. While this program teaches various technology, the discipline involved is unmatched. This was the first time ever where I had to work 12 hour or longer days to complete mock projects constructed by real companies. 2 tardies or an absent disqualifies you from the program. Unique was the involvement of the staff, volunteers, and other Interns. You really bond into another level of friendship when going through this level of difficult yet rewarding experience. After completing, this experience helped me to get a position with Microsoft Network, (IC Stars has a strong network) and now I am currently working at a Fund of Hedge Funds with IC Stars being the foundation of my work experience. Now I have over 7 years professional experience. I would recommend this to someone who is strong willed and who needs an opportunity to prove themself a person of good character. Definitely not for slackers.

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

- Character building - Opportunity to prove myself - Ability to learn outside of the box - Teamwork - Corporate edicates - Discipline

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

Expand it to other locations besides Chicago. Make it a national experience.

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

The actual fruit of landing a real job.

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

- Definitely compassionate - Aware of the challenges - Inspirational - Intelligent - Out the box thinkers - Motivators - Do what it takes to get the job done

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

Help more willing people who has a difficult time getting work and job experience, especially if they lack a college degree.

Ways to make it better...

As tough as it was for me then, the Lord definitely made this a light of hope for me in 2000.

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

The perception that college degree seekers excel the will and excellence of alumni from this organization.

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

I look forward to seeing this organization grow

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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