Reflection Video: Jaylon Stinson

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Jaylon is a student at Holly Springs High School and a past recipient of MSP. At our presentation skills training @Apple Store Saddle Creeek, Jaylon and his classmates learned how to present themselves in front of a camera. Jaylon has a unique interview type style video that's quick and fun to watch. Jaylon explains how he wants to motivate others younger than him to never give up! Way to go, Jaylon!

Happy Valentines Day from us at MSP!

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We want to take a moment on this day to say how much we love our recipients, recipient organizations and donors. Without each of you, Memphis Suit Project would not exist! Thank you and we wishing you a day full of love and happiness from those around you!

We LOVE Chick-Fil-A

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One of our community partners is @Chick-Fil-A Midsouth. Not only does Chick-fil-A Midsouth have the best tasting chicken and outstanding guest service around, but they are greatly involved in our community. Visit their website and browse the monthly calendar to see how you can get involved too!

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.

Good times in tech, per our partners at Vaco

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via Inside Memphis Business

It would seem that 2018 is a great year to work in tech according to survey data collected by recruiting firm Vaco. But the very things that make the industry attractive to employees can make hiring difficult for companies. Survey findings say 83 percent of tech professionals reported feeling “optimistic” or “very optimistic” about the job market this year. Additionally, 74 percent say they are “satisfied” or ;“highly satisfied” in their current role, and half say they’re not likely to change jobs in 2018.

“The tech talent pool is generally content. That’s great, but it’s a double-edged sword for companies hiring, especially in areas with lots of competition for employees,” says Kirk Johnston, senior managing partner for Vaco Memphis. “Of course employers want their employees to be inspired and happy. But it’s difficult if you’re hiring from the relatively small pool of top talent interested in making a move. Other companies are pursuing your top talent, and your options are limited.”

Another contributing factor to the tight market is that companies are getting smarter about their retention programs: 82 percent of survey participants anticipate getting a raise this year with no significant change in their current role.


Have you ever given a presentation? Can you clap and cheer? Have you ever conducted an interview? Can you tie a tie? Have you ever been complimented on your handshake? Are you willing to just show up?

If you are looking for an opportunity to give back to your community...


Together with Strategic Financial Partners, Memphis Suit Project is thrilled to partner with the University of Memphis PAWS program, which works to ensure their student-athletes are prepared for life after sport. 

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Here are the volunteer opportunities for the U of M PAWS Recipients:

March 19 & 22 from 10 am- 12 pm (approximately 1.5 hours)

  • Get to know the recipients and build report
  • Explain the importance of a first impression
  • Assist in Suit Fitting by New York Suit Exchange

March 29 at 7 pm (approximately 1.5 hours)

  • Assist in presentation skills coaching/training
  • Assist recipients in shooting and editing their videos

April 12 at 6:30 pm (approximately 2 hours)

  • Assist recipients in getting dressed (ties, buttons, removing tags, etc)
  • Reminders of proper care of the suit
  • Cheer and loudly celebrate recipients during the Gifting Event

A Global Day of Giving


#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving  and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Next week is a good week to get HIRED!

Hiring events on tap to fill jobs at FedEx, airport, Bass Pro, ServiceMaster, elsewhere

by Wayne Risher via Commercial Appeal

Photo: Stock image

Photo: Stock image

Need a job?

Memphis companies are holding job fairs to connect with you.

  • FedEx and Workforce Investment Network will be at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library, 3030 Poplar, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday seeking to fill 60 positions at FedEx Trade Networks.
    • Applicants are asked to apply online for senior express clearance operations coordinator positions. FedEx Trade Networks is the company’s international trade specialist.
  • Seedco has scheduled a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar, to find workers for FedEx, Sheraton Hotel, Bass Pro Shops, ServiceMaster, Answering Advantage Call Center and others.
  • Memphis International Airport will hold a job fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at the airport’s Project Center, 4225 Airways, to connect people with jobs at the airport.

Employers include Air General; Budget Rent A Car; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; FedEx Express; HMS Host; Interstate BBQ; ISS Janitorial Services; Lenny’s Subs; Airport Authority; Paradies Lagardere; PrimeFlight Aviation Services; Sam Adams Brewhouse; Summerfield Associates Inc.; SP+; Transportation Security Administration; United Ground Express; and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Recipient Kyron Martin throws out first pitch for MSP!

The August 10 Redbirds game against the Omaha Storm Chasers was a first for many of us. It was the first time for Memphis Suit Project to be featured as the Lipscomb & Pitts Nonprofit of the Game. It was also the first baseball game that Kyron Martin, a junior at Hamilton High School and a student recipient from Memphis Athletic Ministries, ever attended a baseball game.

And to keep with the trend of "firsts," Kyron was given the honor to throw out the first pitch of the game!

Kyron and 20 of his peers recently received a brand new suit, shirt, tie, belt, socks and shoes from Memphis Suit Project. Through MAM’s Career Readiness Program, Kyron is learning what it takes to be successful in the workplace and says that the suit the received from Memphis Suit Project gives him confidence and credibility as he interviews for employment. Memphis Suit Project is proud of Kyron and his efforts to improve his life through education and employment and is thrilled that he represented the organization so well!

MSP on The River

This week our Executive Director, Meghan Heimke, had the honor of talking to Mandy Morgan of WRVR 104.5 "The River" about Memphis Suit Project. She had the opportunity to brag on our recipients, explain our mission, honor our donors and encourage listeners to join our mission. We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share our mission with the community through our colleagues and friends in the media. 

If you are interested in learning how to get involved with Memphis Suit Project, contact us today! 

Meet Us On The (Redbirds) Ballfield


We are thrilled to be honored as the Lipscomb & Pitts "Non Profit of the Game" for the Redbirds game vs the Omaha Storm Chaserson Thursday, August 10. For every ticket we sell through our link, $4 goes directly back to MSP! On top of that, one of our Memphis Athletic Ministries recipients will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch and MSP will be promoted throughout the game!

NOTE: The online link will close 24 hours before the game. All MSP Group tickets will need to be purchased before that point. 

Close out the summer by giving back at the ballfield!

The Apple Store at Saddle Creek Joins Our Mission

As part of our program, our recipients are asked to write a short essay or shoot a brief video (iPhone is ok) answering the question:

How will this suit help me in bettering my life and community?

To help them in this effort, our recipients are treated to a private workshop at the Apple Store at Saddle Creek to learn how to shoot and edit their Reflection video. Take a moment to watch just one example of a recipient that learned how to shoot and edit his video today and sent it to us with his sincere gratitude.

Our community partners are absolutely amazing and we are grateful to Apple for investing in our youth!

Here are just a few photos from our awesome morning together! 

Support MSP when you shop at Kroger!

For every dollar you spend on groceries*, Kroger will make a donation to Memphis Suit Project.

Kroger is committed to giving back to the Memphis community! Memphis Suit Project is now a beneficiary of the Kroger Community Rewards program! 

Kroger Plus card member can select for Memphis Suit Project to be their Community Rewards beneficiary of choice. Once enrolled online, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! Enrolling is easy, and we've made it even easier with the instructions below.

*Some purchases are not eligible for rewards.


  1. You must be a Kroger Plus card member
  2. Activate Community Rewards on your online Kroger account
  3. Select Memphis Suit Project (ID: 20747)
  4. Click confirm and start shopping!


Suit Gifting: Introducing the Men (and Women) of Memphis Athletic Ministries

On Wednesday, May 10, we gifted 14 youth from Memphis Athletic Ministries' Career Readiness Program. The 2017 Class, made up of 7 young men and 7 young women were dressed to impress at the Gifting Event. Mentors, peers, donors and community partners excitedly cheered them on in support of their futures and promise. 

We are thrilled to partner with organizations like MAM, who work with young men to teach job-readiness skills and soft skills to ensure they are successful in the workplace. Special thanks to Coach Kyle Bennison and Coach Jonathan Torres for making this such a special time for these students. Thank you to Paaton Karel Photography for the photos.

Finally, thank you to our donor partners, for recognizing the importance of a good first impression and for helping these students make theirs. 


Memphis Office of Youth Services Implements ‘Just One Youth' program

Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis Office of Youth Services is asking the community to help provide jobs for youth this summer.

The office is launching a new program called JOY or ‘Just one Youth.'

Through the program, the Mayor is asking all churches and businesses in the city of Memphis to commit, employ and compensate one child of their choice this summer for six weeks starting June 5th through July 17th. Give just one child a life changing experience for the summer.  This “Call to Action” is named JOY, Just One Youth.  Together let’s bring JOY to a child while breaking the cycle of despair.

Looking for a career in IT? Check out the Tech901 Info Session

I.T. careers are in-demand, there’s no doubt about it! 

Tech901 is hosting an Info Session to educate and answer any and all of your questions regarding their IT programs and courses.

  • Tuesday, May 9
  • 5:30-6:30 pm
  • 1350 Concourse Avenue
  • Memphis, TN 38104

What are you waiting for? The time is now.

City asks businesses to try something new this summer

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Ike Griffith Director of the City of Memphis Office of Youth Services 


Tens of thousands of teens are employed in Dallas, Chicago and Washington, D.C. each summer, dwarfing the City of Memphis' efforts to employ 1,000 youth each June. The difference? Private sector involvement.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland campaigned on more partnerships between the city and the private sector, and the latest program from the Office of Youth Services is calling on investment by companies and churches.

Office of Youth Services Director Ike Griffith is launching a new program, Just One Youth or JOY, and asking each company and church in Memphis to commit, employ and compensate one teen for six weeks during the summer.

Registration for businesses and churches who want to participate in JOY begins April 5 and runs through May 31 to coincide with the start of the MPLOY program, beginning June 5.

For inquiries, call 901-636-6264 or visit