College Tour, November 2015

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.


Automotive Engineer is Pre-STEM Speaker

Teritius Fortune presented great information about designing, and building his car as well as starting his own company. Young Scholars’ Institute thanks Mr. Fortune for flying in from Atlanta and make the opportunity to give back to his hometown. We are humbled to have him speak to our club.


The club meeting is on Saturday, October 3, 2015 10:a.m. – 12:00p.m. (1st Saturday of each month).

Teritius Fortune graduated from Trenton Central High School and joined the United States Army where he studied biomedical equipment technology. Shortly thereafter, became a light wheeled vehicle mechanic. In this latter capacity, he was stationed in Germany where his passion for automobiles was fanned as he restored Porsches and hatched the idea of building sports cars. In pursuit of this goal, he left the Army, went back to college and earned a bachelor of science in automotive engineering technology from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

He then moved to Atlanta where he worked for Elan Motorsports Technologies, a company that has experience building vehicles for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indy 500. Next he worked for BBS, a world-renowned wheel company that supplies rolling stock for such makes as Aston Martin, Ferrari, and Porsche. Mr. Fortune is now working full time launching FortuneSport, a small volume automotive manufacturer based in Atlanta.

He chose the engineering field because it enables him to exploit a number of his talents including programming, drafting, drawing, and cars.

Visit to view details on the vehicle he designed and built.

Program Registration

YSI program registration is open. Visit us during our open house on week days from 10:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00p.m. to 12:00p.m. to complete the registration forms. You may also contact us at to make arrangements for registration and payment.

25th Anniversary Gala

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT. Young Scholars’ Institute and the Gala Committee would like to thank all attendees, donors, corporate sponsors and well-wishers. The event was a success because of your support. We look forward to more years of preparing young scholars.


YSI’s 25th Anniversary Motown-Inspired Celebration Gala tickets are available on Eventbrite. Do not forget your meal selection. Follow the link: .

Join us for a lively and entertaining evening. Begin with the piano lounge setting while you review our silent auction offerings. Continue the fun with dinner and brief program. Then dance the night away to Motown and other hits with our live band knowing you are supporting youth development. Please patronize our auction to help us prepare even more young scholars.

You may also contact us directly at or 609-393-3220 x3304.

Thank you,

YSI staff.


25th Anniversary Fall Benefit

On September 12, 2015 at 5:00p.m. Young Scholars’ Institute will hold its 25th Anniversary Fall Benefit Event. The event will be held at Grace Community Church, 700 W. State St. in Trenton. This will be an evening of communal thanksgiving for 25 years of service to the Trenton community. Enjoy solo artists and group performances as YSI staff take time to say “thank you” for your continued support. There will be a free-will offering.


2015 25th Anniversary Celebration Gala

Enjoy a festive evening and help us continue to serve students in the Trenton, New Jersey area. This exciting event will be held Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Wyndham Garden Trenton in Trenton, NJ from 7:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Tickets for this event are $85.00 each. Our celebration gala will include fabulous food, dancing, a silent auction and live entertainment.

Your support will help Young Scholars’ Institute continue to provide  innovative programs in the Trenton area.  To become an event sponsor, purchase a ticket, purchase an ad in the souvenir journal, contribute a silent auction item or donate to YSI, please contact Danea Dutton, Interim Director of Development at 609-393-3220 x3301 or

You may submit your camera-ready ad to and make checks payable to:
Young Scholars’ Institute
349 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08618


“25 for 25” Campaign

YSI was established in 1990 as a year-round, 501(c)(3) non-profit, after-school learning center that provides educational, cultural and recreational activities for students in grades Pre-K through twelve.  More than 15,000 students have participated in YSI programs since its inception.

Young Scholars’ Institute needs your help to continue its service to the community.  Please support our “25 for 25” campaign. Send contributions in monetary denominations of 25 in celebration of our 25th anniversary ($25.00, $250.00, $2,500.00, $25,000.00, etc.). Your contribution will enable us to continue to provide quality programs and to make improvements to our facility. Help us prepare generations young scholars.

You may make checks payable to Young Scholars’ Institute or make your tax-deductible contributions online at  Let us know if we may include you as a “25 for 25” donor in our publications.
Current YSI programs include:

  • One-to-one tutoring
  • Summer Enrichment Program
  • Pre-STEM club
  • Art Explorers
  • SAT/ACT preparation
  • College tours
  • College Admissions/Financial Aid
    and Career Planning Workshops
  • Financial Literacy
  • Reading Adventures with the Deltas
  • Career Speaker Series
  • Pre-school (free)
  • Mathlectics
  • Toastmasters Inc. (public speaking) club
  • Toy drives and food/clothing giveaways

We hope to hear from you soon.  If you have questions, please contact Danea Dutton,
Interim Director of Development at 609-393-3220 x 3301.


Welcome to the newly streamlined website for Young Scholars’ Institute (YSI). We are pleased to better communicate all of the wonderful programs and events YSI provides for area students and their families.  We are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year with a variety of events and initiatives, such as our Celebration Gala in October and our “25 for 25” fundraising campaign which is ongoing.

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