Brooklyn-Based Nonprofit Gives Teens Free Suits
In the first installment of our Spotlight Series, Brooklyn Business Owners is highlighting That Suits You, a nonprofit that turns donated suits into interview-ready outfits for teens.
Over 250 people submit applications to any given job posting. But only 4 to 6 people are actually called up for an interview before a corporate company chooses its next employee, according to Inc.
A key to standing out among the rest during your elevator pitch? Attire.
Yet the very thing that helps you land your next job can be very costly.
Enter That Suits You (TSY), a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that aims to curb the cost of dressing up for an interview.
TSY accepts gently worn professional attire and provides them free of charge to qualified men for work and high school seniors attending graduation and prom.
“After seeing many men not be hired because they weren't dressed properly I felt I could do something to assist them,” PK Kersey, Founder and President of TSY tells BBO. “TSY gives me the opportunity to do that.”
Kersey left his job he held at the DMV for 24 years to launch TSY.
“By partnering with job training agencies, schools, colleges and other companies we have been able to assist over 8,500 individuals in the 6 years we have been in existence,” Kersey says.
TSY is also equipping future leaders for success by providing C.H.O.I.C.E.S. workshops. This 4-6 week program is designed to help youth explore Change, Habits, Options and Opportunity, Image, Communication, Effort and Success – factors that influence teens' job readiness and everyday life.
In Kersey’s upcoming book, Suited for Success Vol. 2, (Pre-sale begins 10/10), Kersey and 25 other black men share their stories of what they did to succeed.
"Being a black man comes with many different challenges and these men explain how they navigated their way to success," Kersey says.
As 2020 approaches, TSY is seeking to reach 20,000 men to train and motivate.
Kersey writes to BBO, "Our motto is training the inner man and suiting the outer man so our reward comes from see men move from 1 level in their life to the next. That transformation gives us joy and pushes us to continue. And secondly to see that individual then reach back to assist someone else. It's not lonely at the top if you help people to go with you!"
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