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2015 College Fair

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Save the date! On Saturday, April 25th, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, hundreds of students will attend The Black Star Project's College Fair seeking information about colleges, universities and other postsecondary institutions.Over 50 colleges and universities will be represented. The fair will also feature workshops and panels about Financial Literacy, Surviving Freshman Year, and Writing your Personal statement.

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Youth Tech

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Youth Tech provides job training and experience, mentoring, and social-emotional learning to young men in Chicago.


Math Boot Camp

Did you know that the average 17 year old Black male has the math abilities of the average 13 year old White male? Only we can change this.



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The Black Star Project is recruiting for the 2015 Weatherization Specialist Training Program!

Train for a new career in the growing field of residential weatherization.

To start the application process, CLICK HERE.

This FREE part-time course prepares you for certification with the Building Performance Institute. This national certification is the industry standard in residential weatherization work. You will learn the theories behind residential weatherization and gain hands on experience installing insulation and air-sealing measures. Workers in this and other green construction fields can earn competitive salaries.

This program is open to women and men over 18 years old. Those struggling with unemployment and ex-offenders are welcome to apply. Classes are held on weekday evenings and all day Saturday. A weekly stipend is provided. Prior construction or handyman experience is helpful but not required.

To participate in this course you must:

· Pass basic math & reading skills tests

· Pass a drug screen

· Reside in the following Chicago neighborhoods: Douglas, Bronzeville, New City, Woodlawn

· Be motivated to work hard and succeed

· Be committed to attend all sessions of the 10 week course

To start the application process, CLICK HERE

Please contact The Black Star Project with any questions 773-285-9600, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


President Obama and his administration have focused on energy policy, with the Clean Energy and Recovery Act. This act creates jobs and advances America’s energy efficiency through programs and strategies including a multi-billion dollar effort to weatherize low-income homes throughout the country. Additionally, millions of dollars have been designated to train individuals for green jobs. The Green Construction industry is one of the fastest growing construction fields and The Black Star Project recognizes the opportunity this field presents for our people. In a social climate where young Black men are systematically excluded viable employment opportunities, The Black Star Project seeks to support the Black and Latino communities in preparing for and securing jobs in the Green Construction Industry.


The Black Star Project is currently running two grant funded programs in partnership with the Urban Weatherization Initiative (UWI). UWI programs are funded through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.


School Safety Programs

The Black Star Project has a variety of programs designed to help improve school safety and improve student attendance.  Many of our Youth Development programs also contribute to these objectives, but the programs below directly focus on them.


Parent Engagement Programs

At The Black Star Project, we firmly believe that parents are the first, best, and most important educators for their children.  We can help your school better engage its parents and build a more productive partnership with them to support the education of all of our children.  We also have a special emphasis on involving fathers because we see what a difference it makes to even have a small group of engaged and supportive fathers in a school.


Academic Enrichment Programs

The Black Star Project's small group and one-on-one tutoring is an ideal supplement to bring into your school for targeted pull-out or after school tutoring.  Our experiences tutors have a wide variety of specialties and lots of experience.  And, most importantly, they are all passionate about the high standards they hold for all of our youth.


Youth Development and Mentoring Programs

Our Youth Development Programs are small group workshops with students specifically identified by your school staff to receive intensive support.  The groups typically meet once a week, but we can tailor the frequency to fit your school's schedule and your students' needs.

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