Building Sustainable Communities in Trenton, NJ (www.isles.org)
"Trenton Isles Youth Institute (IYI) engages disconnected youth; many of whom have been involved with the juvenile justice system, some who have children, some who are homeless and others who have dropped out of traditional high schools, and helps them to work through life challenges while assisting them in meeting their educational and career goals. The IYI mission of “self-reliance through education” is accomplished through a multi-faceted approach to teaching, encourages leadership building at all levels and includes a primary focus on student achievement for placement in post-secondary education, advanced vocational training or career oriented jobs. " IYI offers GED and job training classes, including in green technology.
Isles was founded more than three decades ago as an urban gardening program. It has expanded to include all sorts of programs to foster healthy, self-reliant communities, including many alternative educational and vocational services for youth. Isles's partnership with the green building industry is a model for providing youth with the skills they need for today's job market.