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Nonprofit Overview

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

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

icstars drastically changes peoples lives. From striving to survive to thriving in the modern world. Wish there were more programs like this in other areas. I have always had issues with government funding going towards welfare like programs... Imagine if it all went to programs like icstars (which isn't government funded at all if I am correct)...this is entirely possible, payment while you need it, and a career once you leave. Can't beat it. I only wish that it went beyond the technology focus so I could get more people involved.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As an alumnus and supporter of ic stars I can say that nobody does a better job of setting young people on a path from poverty to prosperity.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had a strong relationship with i.c. stars for the past 6 years. They continue to support the chicago community as a whole through innovative and extraordinary programs.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

ICSTARS is a place where you learn and have fun. You meet people that you never thought you would ever get to meet by having tea with the best CEO's in the country. These CEO's that come to the organization gives each intern undivided attention helping them to become leaders in their community. Giving back is the best part of the program. What you learn you give back to the community. I love ICSTARS if it wasn't for them I don't know how I would had made it out of the hood. THANKS ICSTARS!!!THANKS CEO's!!! I had the drive but no directions now I do thanks to ICSTARS.

4

Client Served

Rating: 4

Joining ic stars is the technology Bootcamp for the Soul. This program has transformed me dramatically in just 10 days. I am now giving e-solutions to all my exec friends that even they weren't aware of. Everyday i become more consciously competent.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation has given me a very new perspective of life,the world,and technology. As an intern or a current client I.C.Stars has broadened my scope of how life can be. I have had the opportunity to sit and be present with C.E.O'S and other top executives and made to feel as an equal and not some student off the street.I.C.Stars is about, in my mind ,about changing perspectives,my own and the worlds.