True Star Media empowers underserved youth to forge their own paths by providing jobs, training, and real world work experiences that teaches them to create, develop, and market digital content on platforms that celebrate their perspectives and identity.

True Star builds an entrepreneurial mindset that inspires dreams so that young people can find their voice, discover their path, and prepare for life.

We’re on a mission, and we need you! It’s all about giving our young people a real shot – a place where they can grow, share their voice, and make a positive mark on the world.

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True Star videos capture original content that focuses on topics that are relevant to today’s young people including sports, teen talk shows, community events, and celebrity interviews. Youth participants work in front and behind the camera to create these unique pieces.

The True Star Media News Room is filled with articles written by teens and young adults covering topics that specifically cater to their peers. Click here to find articles in the categories of entertainment, sports, health, relationships, and more.

Members of True Star’s podcasting team dish out bold, honest, and candid conversations from a teen and young adult perspective. Click here and take a listen to what they have to say.

We have taken an innovative approach to improving the lives of youth with on-the-job training programs enabling students to learn, create, produce and work for a media company and digital agency.

Click on a program below to learn more about our True Star job training opportunities.

Thanks to the support of True Star donors and partners, this past year students in True Star programs gained an education rooted in experience, developed leadership skills, got a foothold into the professional world and a vision for implementing their ideas to solve real-world problems.

Senator Robert Peters Visits True Star’s HQ

Senator Robert Peters Visits True Star’s HQ

State Senator Robert Peters came to True Star headquarters to hang out with us and see all the good things we are doing for Chicago youth! He was given a tour of the office where he met the staff and was shown the day-to-day activities that take place. True Star’s...

True Star Takes Root in Historic Bronzeville Community

True Star Takes Root in Historic Bronzeville Community

Continuing the Legacy of Creativity In case you haven’t heard, True Star has a new home! After 15 years of working from our original downtown office, True Star Media has moved our headquarters to the historic Bronzeville community. The new space, located at 4655 S....

Star Spotlight: Jakyla Hester

Star Spotlight: Jakyla Hester

After showing an affinity for editing and content creation, Chicago native Jakyla Hester has become an active content creator and editor for True Star’s Production team. Since then, Hester has had the opportunity to become the lead cinematographer for the 2023 Flip...