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Charles E. Barnes

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INNER-CITY COMPUTER STARS FOUNDATION
January 21, 2010

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.

The Great!

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

Ways to make it better...

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

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

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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

MY ROLE:
Client Served & Intern.