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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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Victim of Gang Violence, i.c.stars Intern and Exel Grad Has Goal of Opening School

August 14, 2016

Englewood native and victim of gang violence, i.c.stars intern and Exel grad seeks to open school.
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TheMetropreneur.com Features i.c.stars Expansion to Columbus

July 27, 2016

TheMetropreneur.com writes about the launch of i.c.stars Columbus—its advocates, supporters and partners, and its home: Rev1Ventures.
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i.c.stars Opens First Expansion City in Columbus at Rev1Ventures

July 26, 2016

Rev1Ventures captures the excitement surrounding the opening of i.c.stars Columbus, the first i.c.stars expansion city.
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Competing on Innovation report from U.S. Chamber of Commerce Fdn Spotlights i.c.stars

July 14, 2016

As part of its Youth Employment series, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation features i.c.stars as a model program for building innovative talent.

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eShots Lists i.c.stars Among Top Recruitment Sources for Tech Talent

July 5, 2016

eShots mentions i.c.stars as one of their top recruitment sources for tech talent in this Built in Chicago article: Want a job in Chicago tech? Here are the places where startups recruit. Read article

Brookings Institution: i.c.stars Among Proven Programs for Youth and Young Adults

June 7, 2016

Brookings Institution features i.c.stars as a Proven Program for out-of-school youth and young adults: Help wanted: Better pathways into the labor market.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Features i.c.stars in Employment Guide for Business

June 2, 2016

In its Talent Orchestrators report, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation highlights i.c.stars as an example of a business-facing intermediary that can help scale youth employment.

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Presence Health and i.c.stars: How Innovative Talent Solutions Furthered Positive Change

April 2016 Presence Health describes their experience with i.c.stars’ high-performing interns as a win-win: Presence Health gained support on a new information systems implementation and the interns learned multiple facets of healthcare PMO.

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CareerBuilder CEO on Role of i.c.stars and Others in Closing the Skills Gap

March 28, 2016 CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson wrote in Workforce about the benefits of working with organizations like i.c.stars to close the skills gap. Read article.

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:
$9,846
Average 12-month earnings after program:
$57,240