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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.

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