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Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation

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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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.