Reflection Video: Antaun Andrews

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Watch Antaun as he explains how receiving his new suit will better himself in his future career and impact younger men in his community. Antaun is an athelte from University of Memphis and is working hard at his academic goals. Antuan is a contagious personality that we all enjoyed getting to know. Thank you to the @Apple Store Saddle Creek for partenering with MSP to provide great presentaion skills training to each of our students.

SUIT 'EM UP Tigers student-athletes earn suits by attending professional development seminars

by Lamar Chance via University of Memphis Athletes

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Check out this article from University of Memphis telling of how the partnership between Memphis Suit Project and PAWS program worked beautifully for the athletes and their future careers. Our recipient Matthew Kamph was featured along with our own Meghan Heimke. Here's a little peek..."Having the suit is really a great incentive," Kamph said. "I was someone who did not have a suit before this project. By using this as a stepping stone to get a suit, I've been able to get into select classes and a lot of interviews. A lot of doors have opened up."

Donor Mike Conley puts his money where his mouth is.

We are thrilled to see that Memphis Grizzlies point guard (and hometown favorite) Mike Conley was recently named one of 2018 “Top 40 Under 40” by Memphis Business Journal.

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In Mike’s Top 40 Under 40 feature in the latest MBJ issue, he cites that the one thing he would change about Memphis is “lowering the employment rates throughout the city.” We can speak first-hand to his commitment to make this change a reality. Mike has been a supporter of Memphis Suit Project for two years; in 2017 by the sponsorship of Mayor Jim Strickland’s Manhood University participants, and in 2018 by sponsoring both the Memphis Athletic Ministries cycle and the CodeSchool cycle, which will culminate at their Suiting Event this Wednesday at 10 am.

Without the support of Memphians like Mike Conley, who not only see the challenges unemployment creates, but also act to support solutions to those challenges, our City will continue to face an unemployment crisis. Memphis Suit Project is a solution that is making a significant impact on job-seekers securing and maintaining employment.

Mike Conley is an example to the students we serve. He uses his platform and resources to do more than lip service….he makes a difference. And we are all better for it.

Continued thanks to Mike and Tim Jordan, who both selflessly give for the betterment of others.

Reflection Video: Cheryta Rockett

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Watch Cheryta as she explains how she is wanting to make an impact on younger girls' lives. Cheryta recently completed our Presentation Skills training at the @Apple Store Saddle Creek. We enjoyed getting to know Cheryta and the whole MAM group. A big thanks to @Mike Conley for impacting these students lives in a unique way.

Tent company stakes hiring pipeline to high school program

by Michelle Corbet via Memphis Business Journal

 IMAGE COURTESY OF COURTESY MAHAFFEY TENT & EVENT RENTALS

IMAGE COURTESY OF COURTESY MAHAFFEY TENT & EVENT RENTALS

In this article, one of our recipient organizations, Project S.T.A.N.D., is highlighted for its partnership and employment opportuinities with Mahaffey, a Memphis-based tent and event rentals company. The students were trained and worked through the month of May, delivering tents, tables and chairs in the local market. Seven of the seniors have since expressed interest in working for the company long-term.

Thousands turn out for Chick-fil-A’s Labor Day 5K

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Your Labor Day may consist of pool lounging, burgers and shopping, but did it include a workout? Nearly 2,000 people got a run in first thing on Labor Day morning at the 16th annual Chick-fil-A 5K. Chick-fil-A Mid South is dedicated to giving back to their community in many ways. We love our partnership with them and enjoy seeing the other ways they give back to Memphis!

Reflection Video: Makennon Doran

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Watch Makennon as he explains how he is prepared to enter the workforce by entering the military after graduation, then serve in federal law enforcment. Makennon is a past recipient from University of Memphis PAWS program. Let's all cheer on Makennon as he graduates and starts a great career!

High School Seniors and Juniors: Jumpstart your career path to law enforcement with The Blue Path!

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The Memphis Police Department is looking for high school juniors and seniors with an interest in police work to join the Blue Path program! This program gives high school students the opportunity to earn an Associate's Degree from college and become a police officer for the Memphis Police Department.

Reflection Video: Landarius Griffin

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Watch Landarius Griffin as he explains how he is preparing himself for a career and as a role model. Yarterius is a past recipient from Holly Springs High School. Landarius has a quote at the end of his video that you don't want to miss!

Already Exceeding Expectations: Explore Bike Share on a Roll

by Toni Lepeska via Memphis Daily News

 Image Courtesy of Memphis News/Houston Cofield

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!