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As Volunteer Tech Tutors, i.c.stars’ Interns Put Their Leadership Skills into Practice in North Lawndale

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 re

$100,000 Grant from the Walmart Foundation Supports i.c.stars Technology Training and Geographic Expansion

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 grow

i.c.stars President & Co-Founder Sandee Kastrul Awarded Prestigious Chicago Community Trust Fellowship

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.

i.c.stars Welcomes Gillian Downey as Chief Operating Officer

Silicon Valley and Bank of America executive lends considerable experience and talent to i.c.stars leadership team

i.c.stars Launches Enterprise Next, a Startup Training Program and Social Investment Fund

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 progra

i.c.stars Finds Managerial Training and Diversity Culture Predict Job Success for Inner-City Talent

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 technolo

ThoughtWorks Engages the Next Generation of Tech Talent Through Chicago-Based Nonprofit, i.c.stars

Chicago, IL - August 5, 2014 — Through committing volunteer resources and skills, ThoughtWorks, a global technology company, is supporting the growth of i

Through hiring, training, and networking, DISYS continues philanthropic relationship with i.c.stars, a unique workforce development program in Chicago.

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 de

i.c.stars partners with custom software development firm, Geneca, to promote reflection, redefine journaling, and inspire action.

March 21, 2013—Chicago, IL—In April, a new group of i.c.stars interns will arrive at the studio on 415 North Dearborn Street—a place they will spend 60–80 hours each week for the next four months.

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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