Press Releases

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, project-...
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...
CHICAGO—March 28, 2016 i.c.stars recently held a forum during which the non-profit presented key findings from an evaluation of its program, which has prepared inner-city young adults for technology jobs since 1998. Commissioned as part of i.c.stars’ commitment to continuous learning, the evaluation assessed various aspects of diversity in the workplace, including how diversity is defined by Chicago employers – most often by gender or nationality, not by race or class....
CHICAGO, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On March 18, NextGen, a staffing agency serving the telecom sector, hosted an open house to kickoff and celebrate its partnership with i.c. stars, an organization dedicated to advancing opportunity for talented people from underserved communities. Over the next three months, NextGen will mentor members of i.c. stars for 90 minutes a week as the participants begin their career search. Resume writing, networking and negotiating offers will...
Chicago, IL - August 5, 2014 — Through committing volunteer resources and skills, ThoughtWorks, a global technology company, is supporting the growth of i.c.stars, a Chicago-based not-for-profit devoted to identifying, training, and jump-starting technology careers for Chicago-area low-income young adults. At the heart of i.c.stars is a conviction that the fundamentals necessary to lead to technology excellence - namely, solutions orientation, resilience, collaboration, commitment,...
MCLEAN, Va., Apr 16, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Digital Intelligence Systems, LLC (DISYS), a leading global IT staffing and consulting company, supports the education and hiring of top IT talent by deepening its relationship with i.c.stars. The Chicago-based nonprofit offers innovative two-year higher education programs to allow low-income adults to develop advanced technical and leadership skills while obtaining an associate’s degree. DISYS became involved with i.c.stars in...

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