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.

True Star is an ‘ART’ Grantee!

True Star is an ‘ART’ Grantee!

True Star Media & Foundation is excited to announce that we are a proud recipient of The Field Foundation of Illinois and MacArthur Foundation’s “A Road Together” (ART) grant! As part of the inaugural group of grantees True Star is among 80 small to mid-sized,...