Iron Sharpens Iron

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What is ISI?

ISI stands for Iron Sharpens Iron and is based on Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” We exist to see the youth leaders of the South Bend Community become positive influencers who challenge, encourage, and sharpen their peers, their families, and their community. We believe that heavily investing in a small number of students at a very deep level will produce greater long-term benefits.

What do we do?

Our investment in ISI students takes place in the form a weekly meeting in various locations with their ISI team leaders throughout the South Bend Community for a family style meal and family discussion. The youth are provided with a unique support system that comes alongside them and their immediate family. The ultimate hope is that the student would be encouraged in their leadership development to become who God made them to be.

Why we do it?

We believe that these youth are the leaders of tomorrow. We also understand the significant pressures and difficulties that shape who the youth will become. We want to help in the growth process by providing a loving, family atmosphere for students who want to take their spiritual and emotional growth to the next level.

What is the CORE 4 of ISI?

There are four main components of ISI: Spiritual Growth, Academic Empowerment, Life Skills Training and Mentoring. These four components are the backbone of ISI and all play a crucial role in best supporting each student in the ISI Family.