100 Suits: Building Confidence & Preparing Young Men to Succeed One Suit at a Time
Pulaski County Youth Services is proud to debut 100 Suits, a new free program for young men ages 11 – 19. In collaboration with community partners and donors, 100 Suits will connect young men from underserved communities in Pulaski County with retailers, dry cleaners, and professional tailors so they can look and feel their best. Created by Youth Services Director Jamie Scott, this innovative, countywide program works to help young men suit-up when interviewing for jobs, internships, scholarships, as well as worship services, and professional events.
“Imagine going to an interview for a job, internship, or college admission without access to professional attire,” said Jamie Scott. “So many intelligent, capable young men in our community simply lack the resources to make a positive first impression. One suit won’t solve all the problems these young men face, but I’ve seen the difference a crisp, sharp-looking suit can make in the life of a young man.”
Being dressed for success is a concept supported by many conclusive scientific studies. How we dress can affect blood pressure, hormone production, and our ability to negotiate, and think strategically. When we wear professional clothing, we feel and are perceived as more successful. Youth Services works with area nonprofits and businesses, local faith communities, as well as municipal governments to ensure the entire community is investing in the success of our youth.
Furthering their education and finding gainful employment are the best ways to ensure the young men in our community stay off the street and out of trouble. We know one suit can make a difference in a young man’s life. With the support of our amazing community partners, Youth Services’ goal is to make a lasting, local impact with 100 Suits.
“The program is about more than just clothing. It is another way Youth Services can expand our reach in the community and help our young men build confidence and self esteem. While the suit helps them look and feel more professional, the program will help these young men achieve success. Yes, they get a suit, but these young men will also develop skills to prepare for successful careers,” said Jimmy Warren, 100 Suits program coordinator.
100 Suits needs your help. When you donate a new or gently-worn suit, you’re making a lasting investment in our community. To donate a new or gently used suit complete the 100 Suits Donor Form. Make a tax-deductible donation online: https://donorbox.org/100suits.
For more information email Jimmy Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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