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Dear Parents and Students,

We are nearing the midpoint of the fall semester. Reports cards will be distributed in approximately three weeks and early decision deadlines for colleges are fast approaching.  Are your child’s grades where they should be? Did your child begin the college application process yet?

Young Scholars’ Institute is your education and youth development partner. We are here to help your students… our students improve academic performance and gain cultural exposure. This is a great time to reach college readiness milestones with programs such as, the Fall College Tour and the College Admissions Lecture. The SAT Preparation Course will be offered again in late January 2017.

Contact us today to learn more about our enrichment programs.


Best regards,
YSI Staff


FALL 2016 Programs

Program Grades Description
College Admissions Workshops 7-12 YSI staff members facilitate two all-day workshops that provide information on college admission, financial aid and career planning for students and parents.  A light meal is provided. Registration is required.
College Tours 6-12 YSI staff members and members of the community chaperone middle and high school students to colleges and universities in the fall and spring of each year. Tour dates vary.
Cultural Activities


K-12 YSI participants attend theatrical productions, visit museums, explore historically important sites and more.  Student participation is in accordance with the age appropriateness of the activity.
Edward W. Bullock
Career Speaker Series
8-12 Middle and high school students and their parents attend a speaker series designed to expose students to various career fields and aid career exploration. Registration is required. Refreshments are served.
English as a 2nd Language Supplement 8-12 Middle and high school ESL students benefit from extra assistance and structured practice with speaking, reading and writing English. The program meets every other Tuesday from 5:00p.m. – 6:30p.m.
Math Clinic/

Writing Clinic

9-12 These concentrated 90-min. math and writing clinics are designed to help high school students strengthen their mathematics and writing skills. Four clinics are offered in the fall and spring.
Pre-School Ages 3-5 This ten-month program provides district pre-school children an opportunity to prepare for a successful kindergarten experience. Certified instructors use Creative Curriculum to teach children in a safe and nurturing environment. Students benefit from small class sizes and exciting activities. There is no cost to Trenton families.
Pre-STEM Seminar
(Science Technology Engineering & Math)
5-8 The pre-STEM Seminar exposes local middle school students to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The meetings are led by college students and career professionals who facilitate math and science lessons with hands-on activities. The seminar meets two hours per week for four weeks.
Reading Adventures with the Deltas 1-5 The sorors of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. encourage local youth to appreciate the power of reading. The program is held the first Saturday of every month from 10:00a.m. -12:00p.m.
Reading Instruction 1-3 The focus of this 6-session course is to help young students improve their reading to become grade level proficient and/or surpass it. Each 2-hour class meets on Saturdays from 10-12:00p.m. in the fall and spring.
SAT/ACT Preparation Course 9-12 Skilled instructors provide math and verbal instruction for the SAT I and the ACT. The course meets after school from 5-8:00p.m. and on some Saturdays from 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m. It is offered several times per year.
Summer Enrichment Program Pre-K-12 The YSI Summer Enrichment Program provides daily academic instruction in language arts, mathematics and science as well as recreational and cultural activities.
Tutoring K-12 Volunteer tutors from local colleges and the local professional community provide instructional sessions each week in all subjects. Tutoring takes place on Tuesday and Thursdays from 5:00p.m. – 6:30p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

The Color Purple

Young Scholars’ Institute (YSI) invites the community to enjoy this cultural trip and have a Friday evening Broadway musical experience. The price includes a ticket to the Friday evening performance of The Color Purple, a Tony Award winning show, round-trip transportation from YSI, a dinner box and meet & greet with cast members, such as Trenton’s own Carrie (James) Petit Compere.  

The cast features Tony Award winning actress Cynthia Erivo, Danielle Brooks from “Orange is the New Black” and Tony and Grammy Award winning artist Heather Headley.

The bus departs from the front of Young Scholars’ Institute at 5:00p.m. on July 8.   YSI has free private parking available to attendees.


Brief History of Historically Black Colleges & Universities

The History of Historically Black Colleges & Universities

An HBCU is an institution whose principal mission was and is the education of black Americans. However, the enrollment policy is racially inclusive. According to the United Negro College Fund, there are 105 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the nation. Prior to the time of their establishment, and for many years afterwards, blacks were generally denied admission to traditionally white institutions. As a result, HBCUs became the principle means for providing post-secondary education to black Americans. Prior to the Civil War, there was no structured higher education system for black students. Public policy and certain statutory provisions prohibited the education of blacks in various parts of the nation. The few who did receive schooling, often studied in informal and sometimes hostile settings. Some were forced to teach themselves entirely.

The Institute for Colored Youth, the first higher education institution for blacks was started in the early 1830s by a group of Philadelphia Quakers then moved to Cheyney, Pennsylvania in 1837. It was followed by two other black institutions–Lincoln University, in Pennsylvania (1854), and Wilberforce University, in Ohio (1856).

In 1862, senator Justin Morrill spearheaded a movement to improve the state of public higher education throughout the United States, putting an emphasis on the need for institutions to train Americans in the applied sciences, agriculture, and engineering. The Morrill Land-Grant Act gave federal lands to the states for the purpose of opening colleges and universities to educate farmers, scientists, and teachers. Although many such institutions were created, few were open or inviting to blacks, particularly in the South.

It would be 28 years before Senator Morrill rectified this problem. The solution came with the second Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1890, which specified that states using federal land-grant funds must either make their schools open to both blacks and whites or allocate money for segregated black colleges to serve as an alternative to white schools. Sixteen exclusively black institutions received 1890 land-grant funds.

HBCUs have played an historical role in enhancing equal educational opportunities for all students. HBCUs are leading institutions in awarding baccalaureate degrees to black students in the life sciences, physical sciences mathematics, and engineering. HBCUs continue to rank high in terms of the proportion of graduates who pursue and complete graduate and professional training. Fifty percent of black faculty in traditionally white research universities received their bachelor’s degrees at an HBCU. HBCUs continue to be a vital resource in the nation’s educational system. HBCUs are not only an important part of America’s history, but also an important part of America’s future.


2016 Spring Semester Events

Check out the 2016 Semester Programs/Events:

SAT Preparation Class
Preparation for the new S.A.T. begins January 30, 2016 with a diagnostic test from 9:00-1:00p.m. Breakfast is at 8:30a.m. The first class meeting is Tuesday, February 2 from 5:00 – 7:30p.m. Typically classes are from 5:00-8:00p.m. Refreshments are served 30 minutes before each class and test.

The tutoring program will resume for the spring semester on Saturday, February 6th. Available time slots at 10:00-11:00a.m  and 11:00-12:00p.m. Parents/students may reserve both for an extended session or cover multiple subjects.

Reading Adventures with the Deltas
This monthly reading program will resume on Saturday, February 6th. The program runs from 10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. Children in grades 1-5 enjoy a variety of activities designed to enhance literacy skills and encourage a love of reading.

Pre-STEM club STEAM activity
The club will meet at the NJ State Museum Planetarium on February 6th.  All YSI participants and their friends are welcome to join us for the 2:00p.m. show. The fee is $7 adult; $5 child (twelve & under) Groups of 15 or more: $5 per person. You are welcomed to visit the State museum afterward (free admission). E-mail us to arrange the group pricing.

College Tours
Three college tours are scheduled. A one-day tour on February 15 (Presidents’ Day) which features tours at Rowan University and Delaware State University. Eighth through twelfth grade students are welcomed. A one-day tour on February 27 to Princeton University includes a college students panel, a campus tour and lunch at a campus dining facility. Students in grades eight-ten are encourage to attend. A five-day tour from March 28-April 2 includes universities in Georgia and Alabama as well as historical sites. This tour is for ninth through 12 grade students.

Broadway play: The Color Purple
A day trip to New York City on March 19. Enjoy the play including Trenton native Carrie (James) Petit Compere, round-trip transportation and a light meal.

College Admission, Financial Aid and Career Planning Workshop
The workshop is scheduled for April 23, 2016. This highly popular all-day event features experts in these areas and much more information to de-mystify the college planning process. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Check here again for more.

College Admissions Workshop

FREE for 8th – 12th grade students and their parents

Saturday, December 5, 2015          

9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. Breakfast/sign-in 8:30 a.m.

As an education partner, we help you navigate the college admissions, financial aid and scholarship application process.  Our workshops can demystify the  oftentimes overwhelming task of preparing  and paying for college.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Pre-School Program is Hiring


Three positions are available under the Pre-school program:


Minimum qualifications:
High school diploma

Family Worker

Minimum qualifications:
High school diploma


Teacher Assistant

Minimum qualifications:
High school diploma

Required background checks and proof of US citizenship or legal resident alien status for all positions.

Please forward your resume with a letter of interest to and indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line.
-No phone calls, please.-

Young Scholars’ Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

Download the flyer Job vacancy 11 2015



November 2015 College Tour

Departure Date is November 4.


If you have not done so,


High School students enjoy information sessions and campus visits to academically competitive school, schools with strong athletic programs and historically black schools. The visit culminates with the homecoming football game and festivities at Shaw University. This year, Shaw is celebrating its 150th anniversary; it has a rich history. Shaw University is the birthplace of SNCC (Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee), the student-lead civil rights organization.

All high school students are welcome. The tour departs Trenton and visits campuses in Virginia and North Carolina.

The tour features and en-route curriculum which includes information about the school, prominent alumni and the city in which it is located. Motivational prose and poetry are part of the curriculum also. The cost includes motor coach transportation, most meals, hotel accommodations, football game tickets, cultural activities and entertainment.