i.c.stars Community + Technology An ITA Volunteer Opportunity Our Sunday Optional Event will be something new and very exciting. ITAers have been discussing a give-back activity to the industry/community as part of an ITA event, and we have a great opportunity to do that in Chicago. We will be offering two different opportunities to work with i.c.stars, a Chicago nonprofit organization that provides a rigorous technology-based workforce development and leadership training program for low-income adults. You will have two opportunities to choose from. There is a participant limit for each event and you can only sign up for one of the two events. The Workshops will take place at i.c.stars learning studio just a few blocks north of the Westin River North. i.c.stars Open House Sunday, April 28 1:00 - 2:00 PM Limit 40 People In this session, ITA members have the opportunity to attend an Open House at technology workforce development i.c.stars in their loft space in Chicago's River North neighborhood. You will receive a tour of the learning studio and office, guided by a program graduate or member of staff. Your guide will talk about the organization and share mentoring opportunities. i.c.stars Solve-a-Thon Sunday, April 28 1:45 - 3:00 PM Limit 20 People In this session, ITA members will participate in an interactive Solve-a-thon, modeled from the Hackathon concept. You will work in teams alongside i.c.stars graduates to tackle a community or organization challenge. This will be held in the learning studio and this facilitated activity will begin with an overview of i.c.stars' program. To Sign Up You can sign up for ONE of these volunteer efforts as you register here. If you are already registered sign into the ITA Website, go to My ITA, My Events, Select 2019 Spring Collaborative, add sessions, and select your choice of the above. And, if you haven't selected a Monday Workshop yet, you can do that at the same time. 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 500 individuals 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 in 2018, i.c.stars opened in Milwaukee. Click Here for their website.