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.

EXPLORE OUR YOUTH-LED CONTENT

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.

‘Good Day Chicago’ Visits TS Headquarters

‘Good Day Chicago’ Visits TS Headquarters

Brian Jackson, Good Day Chicago anchor at FOX 32 News, stopped by True Star headquarters to get more information about True Star’s 20 years of empowering youth. McLeary Sherman gives Jackson a tour of TS headquarters. This year marks True Star’s 20th anniversary. That...

Mayor Johnson Proclaims May 9th as True Star Media Day

Mayor Johnson Proclaims May 9th as True Star Media Day

True Star Co-Founders DeAnna McLeary Sherman and Na-Taé Thompson graciously listen as Mayor Brandon Johnson reads the proclamation announcing May 9th as “True Star Media Day” in Chicago. In 2008 Jaylin McClinton was an eighth grader when he joined True Star Media as a...

True Star Celebrates Jackie Robinson Day

True Star Celebrates Jackie Robinson Day

Share Southpaw shares a moment with little league players during Jackie Robinson Day at Guaranteed Rate Field on the city’s Southside. Monday, April 15 was Jackie Robinson Day across Major League Baseball, celebrating the life and legacy of the first African-American...