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.

On Thursday, May 9, 2024, we invite you to be part of an exhilarating celebration that highlights the creativity and achievements of our students and alumni. 

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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.

True Star Spotlight: Christopher ‘Lock’ Lockridge

True Star Spotlight: Christopher ‘Lock’ Lockridge

Christopher Lockridge, also known as Lock, is a 20-year-old True Star member. With his outgoing personality, Lock has taken full advantage of the True Star experience by getting involved with a variety of programs including our production team, our photography squad,...

NBA Foundation & Chicago Beyond Award True Star Media

NBA Foundation & Chicago Beyond Award True Star Media

True Star Media is excited to announce that we are part of the NBA Foundation and Chicago Beyond’s new Responsive Funding Partnership! This first-ever $1 million collaborative grant was created to support Black-led nonprofit organizations that are advancing enrichment...

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...