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2020 in review: 6 of our most read pieces

2021-01-04T10:10:15-06:00December 22nd, 2020|Chicago News, Columbus, Kansas City, Milwaukee News, National|

As Covid-19 affected our personal and working lives, 2020 was a year of unimaginable change. Microsoft on the Issues covered topics including cybersecurity,

digital skills accessibility and more, and the pandemic influenced many of the stories we brought you.As we say goodbye to 2020, here’s a look at some of this

year’s most read stories, from the Puget Sound region and beyond. This is a look at i.c.stars, a rigorous, tech-focused program that provides young adults from low-

income communities with the tools to develop the technical and leadership skills needed for a career in technology, a field that continues to lack diversity and be in

high demand.

ESSENCE Entrepreneur Summit: Speaker Line Up: JOIN THESE THOUGHT LEADERS ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9 AT 6PM EST AS THEY PROVIDE THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO CARRY YOUR BUSINESS INTO 2021!

2021-01-04T10:44:49-06:00December 9th, 2020|National|

The 2020 ESSENCE Entrepreneur Summit is just around the corner and we have a host of successful business owners and thought leaders ready to equip you with

everything you’ll need to carry your brand into the new year. The second installment under our Level Up & Thrive series, the ESSENCE Entrepreneur Summit will

be presented in part by Chase, Aveeno, Microsoft, Walmart and Pepsi. From surefire strategies for securing capital for your business to tips on how to perfect your

pitch to valuable insight from celebrity entrepreneurs on how to balance it all and so much more, this is one virtual event you absolutely won’t want to miss. Scroll

through for a look at our speakers’ lineup and then be sure to tune in to ESSENCE.com or ESSENCE Studios on Wednesday, December 9 at 6PM as we close out the

year with the ESSENCE […]

Giving Tuesday: Celebrating Kalderos’ partnership with i.c.stars

2021-01-04T10:15:39-06:00December 1st, 2020|Chicago News|

In a year that has been so unique for so many, we are grateful that there are still things to be thankful for. In this time, amidst a global pandemic, we feel grateful

for the chance to be able to support our community.  In that light, this Giving Tuesday, we’re proud to announce our partnership with i.c.stars, an organization that

provides a rigorous program of tech-based workforce development and leadership training for underserved adults. i.c.stars then works to place these candidates in

roles ranging from front end developers to business analysts. Click Here

i.c.stars Milwaukee grows team, increases budget by 21% in a pandemic

2021-01-04T10:33:51-06:00November 18th, 2020|Milwaukee News|

The local nonprofit i.c. stars Milwaukee increased its fiscal 2021 budget by 21% as it looks to grow its Milwaukee team and support its mission as a tech training

hub despite the effects of the pandemic. i.c. stars was started in Chicago over 20 years ago. The organization expanded to Milwaukee in 2018 with the help of a

Dohmen Company Foundation sponsorship. It is currently based at 411 E. Wisconsin Ave. but is planning for its new home at the Eagleknit Innovation Hub at 507

S. Second St. The nonprofit is moving into the new facility in January. “Our goal is to provide access and opportunity to low-income adults to get into the tech

industry and to really help build diverse pipelines for talent for companies in Milwaukee and in the region we are in,” i.c. stars Milwaukee executive […]

The Rise Prize report mentions i.c.stars

2020-10-01T09:45:32-05:00September 9th, 2020|Chicago News, National|

The Rise Prize was designed to raise awareness about student parents, also known as Risers, and to accelerate solutions that address their postsecondary success, economic

mobility and well-being. We received more than 300 applications from nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies and postsecondary institutions that are tackling the barriers

faced by Risers, from child care to career navigation.

Rework America Features Microsoft / i.c.stars Partnership

2020-10-01T09:43:07-05:00September 2nd, 2020|Chicago News, National|

In the spring of 2000, a young man walked into the Inner-City Computer Stars office in Chicago, determined to join this nonprofit’s digital skills training program and build a

future for himself in technology. But first he had to prove that he was ready for that journey.

“He was 17 or 18 years old when he applied,” recalls Sandee Kastrul, the CEO and a founder of i.c.stars. Kastrul says she asked him to “go and build a website and come back.”

So he did. “And this was back in the day, 20 years ago, so he had all these floppy disks with his code on it to show us what he had built. It was pretty incredible, and we said, ‘All

right, we’ve got to have this kid joining the cohort.’”

Microsoft Features its Partnership with I.c.stars: Everyone should have access to digital skills

2020-10-01T09:39:36-05:00September 2nd, 2020|Chicago News, National|

In the spring of 2000, a young man walked into the Inner-City Computer Stars office in Chicago, determined to join this nonprofit’s digital skills training program and build a

future for himself in technology. But first he had to prove that he was ready for that journey.

“He was 17 or 18 years old when he applied,” recalls Sandee Kastrul, the CEO and a founder of i.c.stars. Kastrul says she asked him to “go and build a website and come back.”

So he did. “And this was back in the day, 20 years ago, so he had all these floppy disks with his code on it to show us what he had built. It was pretty incredible, and we said, ‘All

right, we’ve got to have this kid joining the cohort.’”

P33, Discovery Partners Institute launch tech education program for Illinoisans

2020-06-18T10:29:33-05:00June 8th, 2020|Chicago News, National|

Two Chicago organizations that have gained attention for missions to expand and strengthen Chicago’s tech industry launched a new program to help provide inexpensive

computer science education to Illinoisans. P33, an effort by Chicago’s private-sector leaders to boost the city’s tech reputation, and the Discovery Partners Institute, a network of

research and innovation hubs in the South Loop, announced the initiative, called TechReady Illinois, on Monday.

20 Black-Led Chicago Groups You Can Donate To Now To Make A Difference In Black Lives

2020-06-18T10:28:44-05:00June 5th, 2020|Chicago News, National|

CHICAGO — Black communities across Chicago are struggling. Still suffering through the coronavirus crisis, neighbors now are also coping with the trauma of police violence

against Black men and destruction to their neighborhoods in the aftermath of widespread demonstrations protesting George Floyd’s killing. Groups on the ground in neighborhoods

are stepping up to make sure residents are can meet their basic needs, mobilizing vast resources to help Black communities access food, health care, personal protective equipment,

transportation and legal aid.