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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
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.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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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