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A 37 year old, Trenton-based nonprofit that fosters self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities.

Isles Youth Institute 2017 Commencement

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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Trenton, N.J. The 2017 Isles Youth Institute Commencement Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 10:00 AM at the Mercer County Park Marina and Boathouse in West Windsor, NJ.  Commencement will include an awards ceremony and student speeches, with a reception to follow.  Trenton teacher and stage actor Ivey Avery will be the keynote speaker. We expect an audience of families, teachers, friends, and other supporters. All are welcome; if you would like to attend, please RSVP by Monday June 12th to or 609-341-4751.

The commencement ceremony is the culmination of a year’s worth of academic and job training for students at Isles Youth Institute (IYI), an alternative school that emphasizes leadership development and civic engagement for students who have dropped out of traditional high school. Students participate in afterschool activities and volunteer extensively in the community. Staff work with students to help them apply to college and pursue employment.

Isles, a community development and environmental nonprofit in Trenton, NJ, started New Jersey’s first YouthBuild in 1995. Since then, more than 1,000 young people have successfully completed Isles Youth Institute.

“Our students are the most resilient people I know. They embody the true meaning of grit,” states Shenette Gray, Director of Isles Youth Institute. “Our young people will become the change agents of this capital city and revive that great slogan ‘Trenton Makes and the World Takes’…this is the exact purpose of education.”