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!

Reflection Video: Teuna Sledge

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Meet Teuna and listen as she explains how she is actively investing in lives of younger ladies. Teuna is a recent recipient of ours and is currently involved with Memphis Athletic Ministries. She explains how she is better preparing for her future by staying in school and staying focused. What an inspiration she is to us all!

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!

Reflection Video: Destinee Woods

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Destinee, a recent program graduate from @STS Enterprises, is a very involved 10th grader at Bolton High School. In her Reflection Video, Destinee explains how she plans to better her life and her community. We really enjoyed getting to be with her last month.

Reflection Video: Sainna Christian

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Watch Sainna as she explains how she plans to better her life and her communty. Sainna's home country is Jamaica, but the coaches and mentors at @STS Enterprises have taken her under their wing to help her grow and develop professionally. Sainna attends LeMoyne Owen College and is pursuing a career in finance. Sainna is a very motivated, young professional ready to take on the world!

Downtown startup to bring 700 jobs, $6.6M investment

image courtesy of JACOB STEIMER

image courtesy of JACOB STEIMER

Indigo Ag is planning a major expansion in Downtown Memphis, which could create more than 700 new jobs. Since August, the tech firm has increased its headcount in Tennessee from 60 to 175. It plans to add another 525 within the next two or three years, Perry said, with the other 175 new jobs coming after that.

Reflection Video: JaiMyiah Moore

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JaiMyiah is such an inspiration. Getting to know her during our cycle with Code Crew was such an honor. JaiMyiah is not only going through school at Code Crew, but is also a mom to three kids! Watch her in this reflection video she made recently at Apple Store Sadddle Creek. I know she will encourage you as she tells how she plans to better her community.

Reflection Video: Zarena Farris

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Watch Zarena as she explains how she is wanting to make an impact on her community by becoming a judge. Zarena is from the organization Project STAND and recently completed our Presentation Skills training at the @Apple Store Saddle Creek. Watch out world because here she comes!

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!