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Our Core Values
ISS is about Making a World of Difference. Here are our core values that guide us in all we do.
We Do the Right Thing
We Champion Learning
We Engage the Global Community
We Care for All
We Advocate and Act on DEIB Principles
We Practice High Standards
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Care And Well-Being
Our team operating out of the Princeton office (and those at other ISS locations, too) spend time working with schools, international teachers, and administrators around the world. We’re also always seeking ways to stay happy and healthy, give back to our local community, and support each other through various care and wellness programs.
ISS has always had a heart for service, so in 2015, we officially created the ISS CARES initiative. The goal is simple: bring ISS staff and local communities together through meaningful community service promoting educational opportunities, care, and well-being in the lives of those less fortunate. Each ISS CARES activity throughout the year sparks enthusiasm from ISS staff.
Our ISS Cares programs help us send kindness and helping hands to our neighboring communities. In this spirit, our home office team regularly participate in service opportunities, including local community service, charitable giving, sponsorship, and fundraising.
Operation Head Start
Through this initiative, we collect change to benefit children at Gateway Head Start Center in Hightstown, New Jersey. Head Start is a non-profit federal program that provides comprehensive services to children ages birth to five from low-income families. Each May, staff and parents at the Hightstown Head Start Center plan a year-end party where they give their children small send-off gifts. The success of this event relies heavily on local business and organizations for donations. We collected spare change to purchase fun summer items like bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and candy.
Back-to-School Backpack Drive
We get very excited for our backpack drive each year because the new school year is right around the corner! Backpacks and school supplies are collected to support the efforts of JL Trenton Foundation LLC. All the items we collect are donated to elementary and middle school students in Trenton, New Jersey.
Halloween Treats for Kids
Halloween is a holiday of fun, mystery, and you guessed it: candy! Our Halloween care packages benefit children who visit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). Through TASK, we are able to bring many tricks and treats to children in our area. We fill baskets and bags with chocolates, candies, glow-in-the-dark teeth, and school supplies.
When we first began the turkey drive, it was very simple: purchase a turkey or ham dinner for families in need at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). Our first year we were able to donate over 50 Thanksgiving dinners – with all the fixings! Each year, we continue to increase the amount of dinners donated.
2.7 million children in the United States have a parent in prison. The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program works to make sure those children are not forgotten during the holiday season. Without the generous support of individuals and businesses, this program would not have the impact it currently has on local communities around the United States. Donating gifts is one of our favorite holiday traditions!
We are always looking for more ways to support our local community. Our team has volunteered at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and held a personal care drive to benefit The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County.
Our runners also get involved, participating in The Big Red Race, an annual 5k. All benefits from the race benefit underprivileged children in Trenton, New Jersey and neighboring communities.
We all need to take care of our hearts and minds. ISS staff participate in optional activities that keep us going strong. Our Wellness Committee started in March 2016 with the goal of promoting healthy habits and activities in our daily lives. Since 2016, we’ve begun many successful initiatives. The trick is to make wellness fun – maybe that’s why we love them so much!
Weekly Wellness Tips
We like to make sure our team is well-equipped with the knowledge to make sound decisions when it comes to their health. Each week, we compile great things most people wouldn’t think about when choosing foods and activities, like recipes that can be molded to any diet, nutritional information, and a Wellness Warrior highlight. What’s a Wellness Warrior? We’re glad you asked! Anyone can be crowned a Wellness Warrior with an interview about what healthy living means to them and how they stay motivated. It’s a great way to keep each other inspired and connected.
Everyone needs motivation though, right? The annual Biggest Loser competition focuses our attention on healthy eating and staying active. Every participant contributes $20 and the Wellness Committee matches the amount, in case we needed more reasons to participate. At the end of the competition (6-8 weeks) the final weigh-in is taken and the winner takes home a cash prize and bragging rights.
One of our ISS Wellness Warriors is a 200-hour registered yoga instructor. Through her classes, our Princeton office staff has become much more limber and relaxed. Yoga has brought our close-knit group even closer and has been extended into options that everyone can enjoy, like chair yoga!
To date, we have sponsored several health-focused initiatives, starting with the “See Our Schools World Tour”. This virtual race was open to ISS employees in our home and regional offices. We mapped out a virtual route around the world, landing at each of our ISS school campuses along the way. Each mile logged (whether walking, running, biking or swimming) “moved” us around the world. It took us a little over a year to span the entire globe. Not too shabby!
This year, we’re all talking about ISS Move 2.0 – the 150 Club. Recognizing that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends at least 150 minutes of exercise each week for adults, our goal is get people moving. We’re encouraging ISS staff to sign up to commit to exercising on average 150 minutes a week for the 10 weeks between April 1st and June 10th. That’s how healthy habits start! Of course, we know some weeks can be hectic, so the goal is to reach 1500 minutes by the end. Besides all of the physical rewards, participants will receive a special t-shirt and be invited to a deliciously healthy breakfast to celebrate the start (or continuation) of healthy habits.
Knowing how to work well also means knowing how to take good breaks. Especially in the warm weather, we encourage lunchtime walks of four laps around the Princeton office building or 30 minutes of walking wherever you are! Plus, the posted daily lunch-walk sign-ups encourage a little healthy competition. It’s all in good fun and we take on whatever weather brings for these team-bonding walks.
This year, we introduced Monday Mile as part of Move It Monday, an international campaign, which encourages people of all fitness levels to get moving each week starting on Monday. Research shows that exercise can boost our mood and increase brain power and people who start their week with exercise are more likely to keep exercising throughout the week. Monday Mile is a fun way to jump start our week with a healthy dose of physical activity.
Every Monday, starting April 1st, everyone is invited to walk one mile (or 20-30 minutes, depending on your pace) at lunch. Anyone planning to walk on a given Monday is allowed to dress down that day…and show off a bit of creativity with that Monday’s dress-down theme (e.g. hat day, funky sock day, ISS colors day, twin day – you get the idea). We are attracting many walker and wacky attire!
ISS Amazing Race
ISS Moves goes global! Who doesn’t like a good, action-packed episode of The Amazing Race? The #ISSmoves initiative was such a success, we expanded it to include faculty at our ISS schools in 2017. Teachers and leaders at our schools around the world joined in alongside our home office staff for a tour of the world.
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