The 6th Annual Suit Up & Show Up Event was held on January 18, 2019. This leadership retreat for young men ages 16-24 focuses on life skills, goal setting and financial literacy -- while providing each participant with a tailored suit, shirt, tie and dress shoes.
This Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event aims to change the attitude of young men in the community through a discussion about "Suiting Up and Showing Up for the Roles in Your Life". Panelists encourage participants to set goals and make decisions that lead to productive, happy futures. Candid conversations between panelists and students center on how to achieve positive results by fostering personal responsibility.
Every student met with a professional tailor and with the assistance of volunteers, the young men select a suit, shirt, tie and shoes. It is a trans-formative day for students and volunteers alike. You can watch the video of 2018's event (below) to witness the excitement for yourself. As soon as we receive the 2019 video it will be posted on this page.
Suit Up and Show Up conceived by the CDC of Tampa's CEO Ernest Coney, Jr., who is determined that a young man would not receive his first suit on the occasion of his funeral. The first Suit Up & Show Up was held after Ernest purchased a suit for a young man, an innocent victim of gun violence. John Singleton was a developing leader in the CDC of Tampa's Youth Leadership Movement program; it was the 17-year-old high school junior's first suit.
5th Annual Suit Up & Show Up Event (2018) Event Video
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2019 Event News Coverage
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THANK YOU to our 2019 Sponsors & Partners!
With our sponsors and partners help we have served 500+ young men with this inspirational program. Their generosity is making a difference in our community! Help us provide guidance, mentor and opportunity to the next generation, by signing on as a Youth Workforce program partner!