Fostering self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities

Fall 2016

In this issue: 

As we head into the fall and into the depths of the election season (yikes!), I'm pleased to share this IslesWorks newsletter with you.  

We're honored to be one of 77 organizations nationwide to recently receive a US Dept of Labor YouthBuild grant.  Isles Youth Institute's 21st class of students started this fall, giving us a chance to work with inspiring young people who, despite leaving high school, really want a high school diploma and much more.  

We also find creative ways to revitalize places in the region.  Even if they are temporary, some projects, like the parklet, show what is possible within the footprint of only one parking space in the city.  

Singer/songwriter Dar Williams helps us kick off a series of 35th anniversary events on October 29.  Dar is a kindred spirit and old friend, so we are really pleased she has agreed to perform again for us.  See how to get tickets below.  

Also, as part of our 35th year, we've reached out to 35 key people who have made a big impact on Isles over the years.  What a fun way to be reminded of all the strong shoulders we stand upon.

Finally, Amazon Smile offers a chance for you to make donations to Isles, just by buying stuff on Amazon.  Take a look at how you can help us for free!

In community,

Marty Johnson                                                                             

P.S. Want to know about Isles' history and lessons learned? Check out my recent podcast with New Start New Jersey.
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IYI Welcomes Back Students!
Isles Youth Institute kicks off its 21st academic year, helping youth reach educational and career milestones and engage in their communities. We thank US Department of Labor for supporting our work with 1 of 77 YouthBuild grants awarded this year. See press release.
Trenton's First Parklet
Trenton participated in National Park(ing) Day with a pop-up parklet at 128 West State Café. This temporary installation includes planters, seating area, visual elements of Trenton's history, and an interactive project. The parklet, a project of Isles and THDC, will reappear in other spots around the city. See press release.
To celebrate our 35th anniversary, Isles is sharing memories from 35 friends--volunteers, beneficiaries, donors, and colleagues--who helped make our work possible. See the stories on our website, or follow them all with  #Isles35th.

Andre Thomas
Isles Training Manager, Center for Energy and Environmental Training

I've been with Isles for 15 years now. When I first learned about Isles and its approach to fostering self-reliance, I felt that it was something I really believed in and could get behind.

I started out with YouthBuild, mentoring and training students, something I still care a lot about. In 2008, Isles created a new green job training center for underemployed adults. That excited me because it was keeping up with what was going on around us in the green energy and environmental field. Isles saw how my skill sets aligned with that effort, so I began training to become a Training Manager at CEET. 

The Center for Energy an Environmental Training (CEET) does great work! We train unemployed adults, help them get hired, and then later down the line, we often see them return in a company car, on the company's dime to get more training and certifications. They're valuable employees and their workplaces want to continue to invest in them. It's amazing to be a part of that cycle.

I'm able to grow and try different things at Isles because it does so many things. While I'm part of CEET now, I go downstairs often to interact with the youth. I tell them about what I do now, try to gauge their interest so I can see if this is something they might want to join. I look at them, their hardships and obstacles, and I'm reminded of my past; I want them to see where I am now, so they can see what their future could look like.
Join us for Dar Williams in Concert
Support Isles and enjoy the captivating music of our long-time friend and talented singer-songwriter, Dar Williams. We'd love to see you there.
8pm- Oct 29, N assau Presbyterian Church
Buy tickets here.  #Isles35th
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