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A 38 year old, Trenton-based nonprofit that fosters self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities.

Helping Youth Succeed

When brothers Julio and Christian struggled in school, they and their mother turned to Isles Youth Institute (IYI). A few years earlier, their sister had graduated from IYI and they knew how the tough-love culture worked: individualized learning, hands-on job and internship training, discipline, meaningful community work, and future focus. 

In six short months, Julio and Christian overcame the rigorous Mental Toughness orientation, earned pre-apprenticeship certifications in carpentry and fork-lift operation, and graduated together in June. Julio even completed an internship at NASCAR’s Urban Youth Racing School!  Julio learned to thrive at IYI, but it didn’t stop there. He now works at Isles, splitting his time and skills as a construction assistant, testing homes to make them lead-free and healthy. 

“It was a feeling I can’t really explain. It’s like your life is declining and you’re doing so bad, but then you finally feel like you succeeded…. For your life to hit a 180 — man, it’s a great feeling, I loved it.”— Julio

Read more highlights in our 2018 Annual Report.