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 of a weekly meeting at the Transformation Center with their ISI team for a family style meal and family discussion. We foster an environment of belonging and offer a space for each student to be known and accepted. The youth are provided with a unique support system that comes alongside them and their immediate family. This support system includes a 1-on-1 mentor, academic support in school and through after school study tables, job opportunities through Greater Impact, special events and exposure trips and positive peer interaction. The ultimate hope is that each 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 future leaders of our city and have gold inside of them just waiting to be drawn out. 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, emotional and academic growth to the next level.

What are the ISI Core Values?

I'M THIRD: Using our influence to honor God and serve others.

DISCOVERING GOLD: Finding the value in ourselves and others.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Holding each other to a higher standard.

KINSHIP: Being a family that loves without condition.

What are the CORE 4 COMPONENTS 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.