Already Exceeding Expectations: Explore Bike Share on a Roll

by Toni Lepeska via Memphis Daily News

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Image Courtesy of Memphis News/Houston Cofield

Explore Bike Share, a nonprofit organization, recently released its first month of statistics since rolling out the 60-station, 600-bicycle transportation system. Nearly 3,000 residents and visitors had taken 6,423 rides. The estimated carbon offset, or reduction in carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions, totaled 26,078 pounds.Officials said the system exceeded expectations the first month. They hope Memphis is on a pathway to improve health and community connectivity through affordable transportation.

Reflection Video: Yarterius Griffin

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Watch Yatterius Griffin as he explains how receiving a new suit will help him in his professional career! Yarterius is a past recipient from the Hooks African American Male Initiative (HAAMI). Can’t wait to see this young man achieve his career dreams!

MSP Loves Chick Fil A Midsouth

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Our partners at Chick-fil-A Midsouth are a huge part of Memphis Suit Project's Suiting Events! At the end of each cycle with our reciepient organization, friends, family, mentors and coaches all gather to see our students show off their new professional attire. After the "fashion show" and charge to the students, everyone gets to eat the #1 voted best fast food chain, Chick-fil-A! We appreciate our local partners and love to keep up with their local events via social media.

Reflection Video: Kyron Martin

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Watch Kyron as he explains how receiving a new suit will help him in his professional career! Kyron is a past recipient from Memphis Athletic Ministries. In his video, Kyron explains his future plans and thanks Mike Conley for his generous contribution to get the students at @MAM suited for their futures. We can't wait to see how he succeeds! 

Welcome Preston Butts, Jr to the MSP Board

Memphis Suit Project is thrilled to welcome Preston Butts, Jr. to its board. Preston's passion for the Memphis community, business acumen and expertise in strategy, development and fundraising makes him an incredible asset to the MSP board. 

"As an emerging non-profit seeing significant results of our work, we recognize our need to grow and expand our internal structure, including our board," said MSP's executive director Meghan Heimke. "I am thrilled for the energy, ideas and commitment that Preston has already shown and look forward to working closely with him to serve men and women in Memphis that need confidence and credibility as they seek employment."

Please join us in welcoming Preston to our team!

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Preston Butts Jr.

 Preston Butts, Jr.

Preston Butts, Jr.

Preston Butts Jr., the founder and CEO of MEM10 Consulting, is a native Memphian with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Lyon College.  An entrepreneur at heart, he has been involved in various ventures and continues to seek fresh new opportunities.

Preston has a passion for helping others reach their highest potential professionally as well as personally. He has worked with numerous organizations along with professional athletes, coaches and front office personnel. Through business and philanthropic efforts, he has been able to leverage his platform and influence in the business community to help businesses of all sizes grow and structure mutually beneficial partnerships to generate long term success. By using skills he has acquired over the past ten years, Preston has been able to change the direction, mindset, and focus of multiple businesses ranging from those in infancy to those well established.

Aside from his business acumen, Preston is committed to giving back to the community.  He serves as a mentor to young adults and is always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. Currently, Preston also sits on the board of Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM) and supports various causes and charities throughout the city.

Preston resides in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife Jacqueline and their two children.  He is on the leadership team at Highpoint Church and serves as the Executive Director of Development and is part owner of the restaurant BOGARD.  In his spare time, he enjoys basketball, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Kingsbury High grows health and entrepreneurship with city’s first student-led farmers market

by Cole Bradley via High Ground News

It’s 8 a.m. on a balmy Monday in July, but the team arriving at Kingsbury High School doesn’t need coffee to help waking up. They’ve got plenty of youth and passion to fuel them. These students are budding gardeners and entrepreneurs who are working this summer to launch Shelby County Schools' first farmers market organized and run by the students themselves. The coalition of organizers and educators advising the students hopes they learn what it takes to run a business and how they can begin addressing some of the greatest challenges in the Graham Heights community. 

Reflection Video: Montavious Dean

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Watch Montavious Dean as he explains how receiving a new suit will help him in his professional career! Montavious is a past recipient from Memphis Athletic Minsistries. Montavious was so fun to get to know and is very driven. Watch out world, here he comes! 

Attention All MSP Recipients: Opportunity Memphis Career Fair this weekend!

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2018 Opportunity Memphis Career Fair is coming up this Saturday! Mayor Jim Strickland and the City of Memphis are holding a FREE career fair to connect job seekers with companies hiring locally. Go get 'em! 

 

Reflection Video: Aaaron Persinger

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Watch Aaron as he explains how receiving a new suit will help him in his professional career! Aaron is a past recipient from University of Memphis PAWS program for student athletes. Aaron was so fun to get to know and is very driven. Can't wait to see how he succeeds! 

Interested in a career in healthcare? UTHSC to ensure more nurses have opportunity for success

by Elle Perry via Memphis Business Journal

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a shortage of more than 1 million registered nurses by 2022. To help address that shortage, University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC)'s College of Nursing is partnering with Memphis-area colleges. The UTHSC College of Nursing Partnership Enrollment Programs (PEPs) will allow eligible students enrolled at LeMoyne-Owen and Rhodes colleges to receive guaranteed full admission into UTHSC's accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Students who meet additional requirements will also be able to participate in a bridge Doctor of Nursing (DNP) or Ph.D. program. 

Recipients take note: My City Rides delivers first scooters to help Memphians roll to work

by Tom Bailey via Commercial Appeal

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Charles Williams on Thursday took his last bus ride to his job as a mover/driver for Ewing Moving & Storage. And he'll no longer have to pay Uber for a ride home when he works late and misses his bus. Williams finished a job by midafternoon, drove the Ewing truck back to headquarters at 4006 Air Park in Southeast Memphis and found waiting for him in the parking lot a new black motor scooter.

Four Steps to a College Saving Plan

by Brian Douglas via Inside Memphis

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Business Financial Advisor Brian Douglas of GuidingPoint Financial Group in Memphis has a few thoughts on getting a college saving plan going. “Outside of retirement and purchasing a home, there may be no more important financial goal that requires preparation than your children’s higher education tuition,” he says. “While saving for college may seem daunting, planning early and saving thoughtfully can make the goal more attainable for many parents.”

He suggests four steps that can help:

1. Estimate college costs: Historically, the cost of college has risen faster than the standard rate of inflation. Check out free online college savings calculators to estimate tuition and fees at public or private institutions, such as the website SavingforCollege.com. Use the estimate as a guideline for a conversation with your spouse about how much you’d like to contribute to your child’s education. Do you wish for your child to contribute? Will you cover the cost of books, room and board, and extracurricular fees?

2. Start setting money aside as soon as possible: There is no substitute for saving. Craft a habit-forming strategy, such as saving a set amount each month, putting aside a regular bonus or raise, or saving your tax refund. Remind yourself that even a modest amount will make a big difference in tackling your child’s tuition. When you’re ready to put your money to work, choose a savings vehicle that is right for your financial situation, risk tolerance and goal amount. One of the most popular options is a 529 plan, which is specifically designed to help families save for higher education. When money is withdrawn for qualified education expenses, no taxes are due on earnings accumulated in the account. Other tax-advantaged savings options include Uniforms Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA) accounts, Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) accounts, tax-exempt savings bonds, and Coverdell education savings accounts. There are also taxable account options, allowing you to choose the vehicle that works best for your family.

3. Research financial aid options: It may be difficult to save enough to cover every education expense, particularly for families with multiple children or if you’re balancing other financial goals. Scholarships, grants and loans may help you fill potential gaps. The U.S. Department of Education allows you to forecast your family’s eligibility for federal student aid before you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when your student applies for college. Many scholarships are available to high schoolers of all grades, so encourage your child to research local opportunities.

4. Revise your savings plan as your child ages: Periodically revisit your strategy to make sure it’s on track to meet your financial goals. You can re-prioritize and save more as college move-in day approaches. As your child ages, bring him or her into the conversation. Discuss the level of support you will provide. Help your child consider various career paths and higher education options, evaluating them to see if they are realistic and within your budget.

Exciting Update from Mayor Jim Strickland

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Last year, Memphis Suit Project had the opportunity to suit the men of Mayor Strickland's program Manhood University. This week Mayor Strickland updated the city of Memphis on the program and shared an interview with a past student of Manhood University and his inspirational story. 

Suiting Event: University of Memphis student athletes PAWS program

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Last week Memphis Suit Project had the distinct pleasure to suit the student athletes of University of Memphis PAWS program! Huge thanks to Strategic Financial Partners for making this event possible and helping these students enter the workforce with confidence and credibility! 

TruGreen hiring for 15,000 positions

by Elle Perry via Memphis Business Journal

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Memphis-based TruGreen, the largest lawn care company in the nation, has announced it is "actively searching" for candidates to fill 15,000 positions across the country.

MSP Featured in Commerical Appeal's "Giving Back" Column

Each Sunday, cityCURRENT president, Jeremy C. Park, spotlights organizations and individuals who are making a difference in the Mid-South and easy ways to get involved and help their efforts in his week "Giving Back" column in The Commercial Appeal (Metro section). We are so thankful that Jeremy chose to feature Memphis Suit Project in last week's issue. 

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Memphis Suit Project is Helping Men Get Job-Ready

 Coach Kyle Bennison of Memphis Athletic Ministries assist a recipient with his tie.

Coach Kyle Bennison of Memphis Athletic Ministries assist a recipient with his tie.

First impressions matter, especially when attempting to get a job. Looking sharp on an interview often plays an important role in whether someone ultimately is offered a job. Memphis Suit Project helps men clear that hurdle.

Memphis Suit Project works with men as early as seniors in high school, with a high percentage age 16 to 24 and either not in school or unemployed. The organization provides a suit, shirt, tie, belt, socks and shoes to about 20 men per month.

Memphis Suit Project started out in 2013 using a donated suit model. A partnership with New York Suit Exchange then gave the organization a special deal on suits, shirts, ties, belts, socks and shoes. So now men look sharp from head to toe in their new, stylish items that have them ready for a job interview.

“We know that when you look good and feel good about yourself you carry yourself differently,” said Meghan Heimke, executive director of Memphis Suit Project. “We’re all about helping to remove that barrier so they have confidence.”

Memphis Suit Project partners with a variety of local organizations to connect....