Following Mary Pat

Roundtable and Tour of YouthBuild Site at Isles, Inc.
photoAlt Today I had the opportunity to travel a stone’s throw from the state house to the YouthBuild Institute at Isles, Inc. in Trenton. YouthBuild acts as an alternative high school for youth ages 16-24, who also receive vocational training in construction, computer technology, and office administration with the dual objective of having students receive a GED and attain transferable employment skills upon their graduation. Not only was the school itself incredibly welcoming, the students were genuinely happy and excited to be there learning, which is always great to see. These are individuals who have applied to this school in order to get their lives on track for a better future.

I met some students who were planning to go right to the workforce upon graduation, using the job training skills they learned while at Isles. I also met a student who is waiting to hear back from colleges he applied to. These are students who are serious about their educations. I learned that there are 7 YouthBuild programs statewide, and had the chance to meet representatives from most of the YouthBuild sites during a round table discussion. It was amazing to hear about how well the various programs have done and the amount of applications they receive every year.

For more information on the YouthBuild program in Trenton, visit the Isles website at: and for information on YouthBuild at a national level, please visit: