o achieve our mission, we formally collaborate with schools, social service providers, health care agencies, faith institutions, civic associations, employers and others around school-readiness and success strategies that have the greatest positive impact on children's immediate health needs, as well as long-term development.
Engages disconnected youth; many of whom have been involved with the juvenile justice system, some who have children, some who are homeless and others who have dropped out of traditional high schools, and helps them to work through life challenges while assisting them in meeting their educational and career goals.
The IYI mission of “self-reliance through education” is accomplished through a multi-faceted approach to teaching, encourages leadership building at all levels and includes a primary focus on student achievement for placement in post-secondary education, advanced vocational training or career oriented jobs. To help students achieve our mission of self-reliance IYI has established the following goals and objectives:
Offers programs in child care; education and leadership; swim, sports, and play; and camp that create safe, authentic, and positive relationships with well-trained and caring role models and that teach life skills and values, regardless of program or activity.
Young Scholars’ Institute (YSI) is a year-round non-profit learning center that provides educational, cultural and recreational activities for students in grades Pre-K through 12. These innovative programs aim to strengthen students’ academic skills while motivating them to pursue higher educational opportunities. YSI has served over 15,000 Trenton-area youth.
Current YSI programs include: one-to-one tutoring, an academic summer enrichment program, SAT preparation courses, pre-STEM/Law club, college tours (for middle and high school students), college admissions, financial aid and career planning workshops (for middle and high school students), a pre-school, and a Saturday reading program, student support services, toy drives and food/clothing giveaways.
Isles currently supports more than 60 community gardens across the city of Trenton by providing technical and organizational assistance to local residents and other community-based organizations. academy street garden
Over the years, these gardens have played a critical role at the household level in helping families meet their food needs by increasing access to fresh and nutritious foods at low cost. Gardens: - Improve nutrition and health by providing exercise and fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables. - Save families hundreds of dollars per year. During Trenton’s long growing season, an 800-square-foot plot can provide enough vegetables to feed a family for an entire year. - Strengthen the community by enhancing connections between people, making the streets more secure, and giving people a chance to share food with others. Over 70% of Isles’ gardeners report that gardening greatly improves their neighborhoods. - Clean the environment by improving soil and growing plants that filter the air - Beautify communities.