Pulaski County Youth Services is proud to debut Suits for Youth, a new free program for young men ages 11 - 19. In collaboration with community partners and donors, Suits for Youth 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 Suits for Youth.
“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, Suits for Youth program coordinator.
Kicking off in March 2018, Suits for Youth needs your help. When you donate a new or gently-worn suit, you’re making a lasting investment in our community. For more information visit Youth Services website pulaskicounty.net/100suits or email Jimmy Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org.