Isles Youth Services presents…

Love, Peace & Joy Summer Enrichment Program

Thank you to all who participated in our 2021 Love, Peace & Joy sessions!

November 2021

Calling all youth groups and youth clubs: Come show off your art skills as we help paint a new mural in Trenton with local artist Leon Rainbow. The project will be spaced out over two weeks with the following options to participate:

Tuesday, November 9 through Friday, November 12 from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Monday, November 15 through Friday, November 19 from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

For additional questions and location info please reach out to Stacy Heading at [email protected] or 609-341-4751.

From July 14-Augst 13, 2021, Isles Youth Services hosted various summer youth activities which included fitness, music, spoken word, and more.  These free activities were offered during after school hours, and included both in-house and virtual events.  Our partners at United Front Trenton helped support and facilitate these activities and participated in these weekly events.  Here what some youth leaders from United Front had to say about the program:

“I am so grateful to have been a part of the amazing experience that was Love, Peace and Joy. I learned lots of skills ranging from how to deal with my emotions with Mr. Edu’s emotional fitness class, to learning how to speak up and have my voice heard with Kimmie Carlos. I even think introducing Lt. Stokes at the beginning of the program has helped me become less nervous about public speaking. The escape room was wonderful because it helped me work together with my team. My favorite workshop was Art and Soul. This workshop reminded me of how fun it is to just sit down and let your art express yourself. Each speaker really spoke into my soul and this experience is something I will never forget. Each lesson I learned will help guide me through college and beyond.”

Yenifer M., class of ’22

“My time during the program was an eye-opener of life lessons for the future I can use, especially for college. Every time we use our voice it gives us a chance to change people’s perspective and when you present your idea you explain it well enough for them to get an understanding. Overall, the workshop gave me wisdom for not only myself but to share with others.”

Zanobia S., Class of ’22

Past Events

Program Launch with Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes Turner

On Wednesday, July 14, Isles and special guest Lieutenant Bethesda Stokes Turner kicked off the Love, Peace & Joy Summer Enrichment Program during a webinar consisting of youth, community partners and Isles staff.

A video of the webinar will be posted here shortly.

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Bringing Your Voice to the Table

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Join Isles Youth Services on July 20-22 from 4 to 6 pm as we host our next event: “Bringing Your Voice To The Table.”  This event will feature special guest Kimme Carlos; Speaker, Author, & Advocate On Mental Health and Social Justice.  Join this session to learn more about:

  • Understanding Your Value and Self Worth
  • Building Resilience With Self Care
  • How To Advocate for Yourself Without Apology

Tuesday’s event on 7/20/21 will be hosted on Zoom.  Click here to sign up for Tuesday’s event. 

Wednesday and Thursday’s session will be held at out Isles Youth Institute location at 33 Tucker Street in Trenton, NJ.  Food will be provided.  To sign up and for additional questions please reach out to:

Stacy Heading
[email protected]
office number: 609-341-4751
cell number: 267-528-5781

African Drumming Workshop

Isles Youth Services in conjunction with Baye Kemit of Egun Omode Performance Arts Collective will present three days of West African drum workshops. Participants will learn about the history of Guinea West African drumming, as well as learn basic rhythms and discover various drumming styles.  At the end of the workshops, participants
will be ready to present what they learned in a small public performance.

On Friday, July 30 at 5 pm, the Isles Youth Institute students and staff, along with other invited guests, will participate in an open drum circle at the 33 Tucker Street Garden.  On many occasions,  including this one, a drum circle is done to bring healing to a particular space or environment.

To sign up and for additional questions please reach out to:

Stacy Heading
[email protected]
office number: 609-341-4751
cell number: 267-528-5781

Emotional Fitness


This workshop focuses on how people deal with conflict. One way to measure a person’s EMOTIONAL FITNESS is to pay close attention to how they resolve conflict. Are they direct, balanced, and fair? Are they excitable, contentious, or playing victim inordinately? Do they take responsibility or blame most times? We will increase their emotional intelligence, and decrease destructive stress coping mechanisms. Participants will explore how to resolve conflict effectively using:


Art and Soul


Isles Youth Services is hosting painting classes at the Art & Soul Studio (directions here) on August 26 and August 27 at 3 PM.  These classes are part of our Love, Peace & Joy Summer Enrichment program geared towards youth in the Trenton Area.  Young artists will be taught by studio owner Mrs. Princis Lewis, and will be painting portraits of African Americans from past and present who have made major contributions to the world.

To sign up for this event please reach out to Stacy Heading at [email protected] or at 609-341-4751.

*Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming Zoom series “Shine the Light on Them”–a virtual online event to honor young people and youth organizations that are displaying positive change in their community.  More information and sign up info to come soon.

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