Youth Leadership Program Helps Trenton Students Overcome Obstacles, Prepare for Future

AT&T’s support helps boost academic skills, promote civic-mindedness

Isles in Trenton works to foster self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities. As part of this work, Isles Youth Institute (IYI) offers alternate education options for at-risk youth aged 16-24 seeking their high school equivalency diploma, job training, and life skills. AT&T contributed $10,000 to help IYI achieve its goals.

Isles received funding to support Isles Youth Institute Leadership Academy, a life skills program designed to help develop positive habits and assist 25-50 students/year in overcoming obstacles that hinder their success, according to Shenette Gray, Managing Director of IYI.

“Our students are the future of Trenton. It is imperative that we not only prepare them academically, but we must show them the impact of becoming a civically minded leader. Our charge is to prepare them as leaders, and AT&T’s support helps us do that,” Gray said.

J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic, said AT&T’s support for educational programs like IYI helps make communities stronger.

“We work with many different organizations to help them equip young people with skills and experiences that help them achieve success and make positive change in their communities. IYI has a great model that will help prepare Trenton’s future leaders.”

AT&T’s contribution is aligned with AT&T Aspire, the company’s initiative that creates connections that drive innovation in education. Together, these connections are helping students and communities in New Jersey and across America.

Founded in 1981, Isles, Inc. is a community development and environmental organization in Trenton, New Jersey. With a mission to foster self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities, Isles designs and develops effective services that support this mission and share what they learn with others who can make a difference. Beyond its central New Jersey base, Isles works to influence policy and practices that support healthy, self-help agendas. For more information, visit www.isles.org.

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