Young Adults

Our programs for young people who are out-of-school and out-of-work, homeless or at risk of homelessness, have a history of gang involvement, are single parents, or face other barriers to participating in other workforce development training programs, provide pathways to a positive and productive adulthood for more than 175 at-risk young people each year. Many come to the Isaacs Center looking for a second (or even third) chance at success, and more than 85% of our enrollees complete our education and career readiness training. 

We want the young adults we serve to find meaningful employment, to earn a college degree, and to prepare for a career in the 21st century.

Culinary Arts Trainees participate in our Senior Suppers program, preparing gourmet meals for homebound seniors. 

High School Equivalency Classes 

Our staff provide high school equivalency classes and financial literacy training with the goal of multiple positive outcomes: skill-building, increased confidence, high school equivalency attainment, college enrollment, employment, and, ultimately, retention in full-time salaried positions.

Case Management and Social Support 

Our intensive interventions and wraparound services ensure that participants with multiple and complex social service needs are supported in four areas: social-emotional health and wellness, housing stability, court involvement, and financial security.

Employment Training Programs 

Our programs provide sector-specific job training, internships, employment placement, and retention support. They adapt to an ever-changing labor market, focusing on career sectors that reflect the broadest range of employment options, including: 

Advance and Earn / Culinary Arts Training

This jobs skills training program for out-of-school, out of work aspiring chefs, ages 18-24, teaches the intricacies of both front and back of house roles. Through virtual classroom instruction, mentorship, and coaching, participants practice strengths-based leadership and navigate difficult conversations in the restaurant industry. Our Soup’s Up program, which provides home-delivered multi-meal kits to seniors and others experiencing food insecurity, is staffed by graduates of this training program.

“This is always what I wanted to do and this is one of the greatest opportunities.”

– Jordan

Community Healthcare  

We are focusing on community health with a particular emphasis on cultivating Community Health Outreach Specialists and Patient Navigators.  Our 2020 summer paid internship through New York Presbyterian Hospital engaged 100 young people with the goal of creating a workforce more equipped to find employment success within the healthcare sector in a post-covid-19 landscape.

“This internship not only allowed me to gain a new perspective on what it is like to work within a Healthcare Career environment, but it also strengthened me to keep a strong mindset no matter how uncertain or difficult things might seem. I hope to work in a hospital environment as a nutritionist, showing others how having epilepsy and Type 1 diabetes have also allowed me to grow, learn, and gain a sense of inclusivity and empathy for others.”

– Susan 

Youth Development and Human Services

Moving beyond home health training, we seek to offer a Human Services Professional Program to solidify and canonize the approaches that lead to effective human services practice.   

Information Technology

Satellite IT Support courses offer the opportunity to earn the Google IT Support Professional Certificate and the CompTIA A+ certification, equipping you with the knowledge to fill a wide range of entry-level technology jobs. Our Cybersecurity course offers the opportunity to earn the Cybersecurity Analyst Certification (CySA+), equipping you with fundamental concepts in security specialties and hands-on training to enter this ever growing field as a cybersecurity analyst Classes are taught in partnership with Per Scholas.

Isaacs Scholars Program

Generous donors provide funding to help our students close a modest financial aid gap, or pay for books or transportation. This investment in young lives creates pathways to long-term success – changing the trajectory of an individual life, and combating the generational poverty that exists in the very vulnerable communities where our scholars live and go to school.

“I was supported by a great village to get to where I am today.”

– Kayla, high school graduate who proudly achieved an average grade of 91 and plans to major in nursing. 
Justina Sharrock-Brown

Justina Sharrock-Brown 

Senior Engagement Specialist

  • 212.360.7620 x175 (office)
  • 646-226-5556 (mobile)


Damion Samuels

Damion Samuels

Senior Director of Youth Services and Community Engagement

  • 347-282-6756 (mobile)
Shayla Simpson, MS. ED

Shayla Simpson, MS. ED

Director of Education and Workforce

  • 212-360-7620 x229 (office)
  • 347-436-3953 (mobile)
Katherine Robles

Katherine Robles

Director of Advance and Earn

  • 212-360-7620 x221 (office)
Justina Sharrock-Brown

Justina Sharrock-Brown

Director of Engagement and Success

  • 212-360-7620 x175 (office)
  • 646-226-5556 (mobile)
Robert Ramos

Robert Ramos

Coordinator of Academic Services

  • 347-241-5098 (mobile)