Submitted by elizabeth ferruelo on Tue, 08/22/2017 – 12:00am
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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 year to organizations, such as i.c.stars, which support and advance public safety programs and technology & engineering education initiatives. This year, programs that served underrepresented populations, including females, people with disabilities and veterans were prioritized.

“The time investment of Motorola Solutions employee volunteers, like Ramesh Rangarajan, and this generous grant enable us to develop the next generation of tech leaders for our city,” said i.c.stars President and Co-founder Sandee Kastrul.

During i.c.stars’ intense four-month bootcamp, participants learn coding languages – such as Python and javascript, and agile methodology, along with workshops focused on project management, goal setting, an examination of biases, and empathy.

i.c.stars’ leadership curriculum includes service learning, civics and the pay-it-forward thinking that encourages alumni to become change agents.

In speaking about a volunteer tutoring experience, recent graduate Eric said, “I’m planning for an IT leadership position. Being a community leader has a lot to do with IT…i.c.stars definitely helped me see this.”

This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help over 2 million students, teachers, first responders, and community members across the United States. Each participant will receive an average of 186 programming hours from its partner non-profit organizations and institutions. Programs will support special populations including: females, underrepresented minorities, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, people with disabilities, and veterans.

“Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support the work of i.c.stars. As a leading technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know how important it is to educate tomorrow’s technology professionals as well as enlighten civilians and first responders on today’s safety needs,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

For additional information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants program, visit: and for more information on i.c.stars, please visit

About i.c.stars
Formed in 1999, Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation (i.c.stars) is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization and social enterprise that prepares young adults for technology careers and community leadership. Using project-based learning and full-immersion teaching, i.c.stars has trained more than 360 individuals in Chicago, and places 90 percent of qualified graduates in jobs. Participants see their annual earnings increase by an average of 300 percent as a result of the program. In 2016, i.c.stars opened an affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, and created Enterprise Next, a lean startup incubator to jumpstart alumni businesses. More at

About Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The foundation achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially in science, technology, engineering and math. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website:

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