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Rico Bryant, like many formerly incarcerated people, isn’t defined by his past

Rico Bryant is the Recruitment Manager of i.c.stars, a technology-based workforce development program assisting low-income adults. One of the pillars that i.c.stars touts is its leadership training, how it helps people from underserved communities tap into their potential and grow into forward-thinking leaders. The 33-year-old Bryant knows this well.

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i.c.stars Partners with Chicago Ideas for Roundtable on Hiring Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

February 22, 2017

i.c.stars partnered with Chicago Ideas on a roundtable discsussion on hiring formerly incarcerated individuals.

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The Chicago Community Trust Features i.c.stars and alumna

March 14, 2017

The Chicago Community Trust highlights i.c.stars and an alumna in: A Jobs Program Creating Tech Stars and Community Leaders.

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eshots' Founder Hosts "High Tea" with Chicago Tech Interns from i.c. stars

March 8, 2017

eshots’ CEO Craig Steensma gives presentation and Q&A with i.c. stars interns.

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i.c.stars president and alumni among 10 Chicago Black folks in tech to be proud of

February 28, 2017

i.c.stars president Sandee Kastrul and alumni Dominic Liddell and Tiffany Mikell among ‘10 Chicago Black folks in tech to be proud of’, according to Medium.com

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ChicagoInno highlights i.c.stars graduate at Thoughtworks, Named Top Company for Women in Tech

October 16, 2016

ChicagoInno highlights i.c.stars graduate at Thoughtworks, recently named a Top Company for Women in Tech.

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'Diverse talent is crucial to a company’s success' – i.c.stars leader

October 5, 2016

New i.c.stars Columbus Executive Director featured by Columbus Business First

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Crains op-ed, Closing the Opportunity Gap, cites i.c.stars

September 30, 2016

Crains op-ed, Closing the Opportunity Gap one Business at a Time and authored by Impact Engine CEO, cites i.c.stars as a way to ‘invest in building talent pool’.

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i.c.stars Gets $100K From Walmart to Expand its Youth Tech Program to More Cities

September 9, 2016

ChicagoInno covers i.c.stars Walmart Foundation expansion grant.

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Yelp's Diverse Burst Group Partners with i.c.stars

July 18, 2016

Yelp Employee Guadalupe Puga Discusses life at Yelp, lack of diversity in tech and partnership with i.c.stars, with Blue Sky Innovation:

“…I’m one of the co-leaders of a group called Diverse Burst. It started last year with one of our managers, and it just kind of dropped. I wanted it to start back up, because there’s a gap with women in technology, and there’s a gap with minorities in technology in general…Now we have about 50 members. We’re trying to implement different things, one of them being community outreach. We work with i.c. stars, and they focus on teaching people to code.”
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A Measurable Impact

Initial placement rate:
90%
Industry retention rate:
81%
College attendance rate:
55%
Alumni actively engaged in their communities:
72%
Average 12-month earnings before program:
$10,790
Average 12-month earnings after program:
$44,010