Press Releases

Chicago—August 22, 2017 i.c.stars, technology workforce development nonprofit, today announced it has received a grant for $50,000 from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, i.c.stars will train 70 inner-city young adults in its technology, business and leadership bootcamp, and support another 50 residents with ongoing professional development, among other services. The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each...
Chicago—July 12, 2017 Technology workforce development nonprofit i.c.stars announced the addition of three directors to its board: Wheeler Coleman, chief executive officer and executive partner of EC-United, LLC; Geoffrey Robertson, vice president, global digital business and innovation at Grainger; and Bruce Schinelli, chief information officer of TTX. Coleman got to know i.c.stars through its talent, hiring i.c.stars graduates for his team at Blue Cross Blue Shield. Prior to EC-...
Three-Year Program Will Advance Efforts to Support Diverse Entrepreneurs CHICAGO, June 5, 2017 – i.c.stars was selected by ChicagoNEXT, World Business Chicago (WBC), and the Blackstone Charitable Fund to join a cohort of organizations who will receive grant funding from the Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge. The Blackstone Challenge is a three-year pilot program awarding up to $3 million to innovative organizations that effectively support diverse entrepreneurs and scale...
i.c.stars Alumni Launch Entrepreneurial Social and Technology Ventures Entrepreneurs and tech founders are latest in a long line of i.c.stars graduates driving innovation in Chicago Chicago—March 23, 2017 i.c.stars today announced that three of its alumni started new programs in March, reinforcing the Chicago-based non-profit’s role in helping fuel the Chicago makers boom. Cylk Jackson, winner of i.c.stars’ Enterprise Next (Enext) lean startup challenge, was accepted into Code2040’s...
Chicago—December 20, 2016 Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation (i.c.stars), an organization that expands opportunities for underserved young adults, announced today that it has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the PayPal Gives Corporate Advised Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The grant was recommended by PayPal’s employee-volunteer led Chicago GIVE Team, and it will be used to support the technology, business and leadership skills training program. Through a four-month...
Chicago—November 7, 2016 For more than five years, the young adult participants of i.c.stars have served as volunteer technology tutors at New Age Services Corporation, a substance use and abuse recovery center in North Lawndale. This partnership is part of i.c.stars’ business, leadership and technology training program, which teaches not only HTML, CSS and JavaScript, it empowers participants to create change in their communities. Since many New Age clients do not have access to...
Chicago—September 7, 2016 Leading workforce development nonprofit Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation, known as i.c.stars, received a $100,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to support the growth of its technology training program serving diverse communities. This grant will be used to fund i.c.stars in Chicago and its expansion. “The Walmart Foundation supports the vision of i.c. stars to provide motivated individuals with the training and opportunities to excel in the high growth...
Chicago—August 24, 2016 The Chicago Community Trust selected Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation (i.c.stars) President and Co-founder Sandee Kastrul as one of eight Trust Fellows of 2015. Recognizing Kastrul’s outstanding nonprofit leadership and commitment, the Fellowship afforded her unprecedented opportunities for professional development and organizational growth. “Sandee’s work at i.c.stars exemplifies the community leadership that this Fellowship was created to recognize,” said...
Silicon Valley and Bank of America executive lends considerable experience and talent to i.c.stars leadership team CHICAGO—May 24, 2016 Leading non-profit i.c.stars, which prepares inner-city young adults for tech jobs and community leadership, is proud to welcome Gillian Downey as chief operating officer. In this role, Downey will oversee expansion efforts, lead the new accelerator Enterprise Next and guide organization operations. Among her first tasks was orchestrating the inaugural...
CHICAGO—April 4, 2016 Leading non-profit i.c.stars, which prepares inner-city young adults for tech jobs and community leadership, announced the launch of Enterprise Next, a startup training program and social investment fund. Last Wednesday evening, a dozen aspiring entrepreneurs from inner-city Chicago gathered at i.c.stars to discuss their new business ideas as part of a lean startup program that will culminate in a pitch night on May 19. The winner will receive seed capital and...

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