For the last seven years, I've joined a group of friends to run and raise money to level the educational playing field. Every year, we've picked grassroots organizations that could substantially benefit from a bump in awareness and a few thousand dollars in philanthropy. The organizations we choose have exceptional leaders who have both compelling stories and inspiring visions. This year, we've chosen to support SuitUp and Lauren Reilly. SuitUp provides educational competitions that connect corporations with schools in low-income communities to increase student career awareness and marketable skills. SuitUp brings companies into the classroom to organize a one-day business competition. With SuitUp competitions, students experience solving a realistic corporate challenge, such as designing a new product for Nike or creating a new phone case for Apple. By the end of the day, students can see the corporate world as part of “their world” and know that job titles, such as CEO, VP of Marketing, Business Development Manager, etc. are now in their grasp.
We first learned about SuitUp in 2015 when they approached me at Practice Makes Perfect (PMP) to host competitions for students in our summer programs. Since then, we've had over a hundred PMP students participate in SuitUp competitions and visit corporations all across NYC. The competitions are always one of the highlights for our children during the summer. In April of this year, my former teammate Lauren Reilly went on to become the Executive Director at SuitUp to help expand the organization's reach to provide career exposure to hundreds of more children across NYC. This support comes at a critical juncture in the organization's development as they start adding full-time staff and streamlining their partnerships with corporations across NYC. Their goal is to serve an additional 3,200 students for the 2019 school year. With your support, we can give them the fuel to propel themselves towards their goal!
$10 provides lunch for a student (or a "CEO-in-the-making")
$20 provides materials for an entire SuitUp competition
$50 provides a competition for 1 SuitUp student
$200 provides prizes for the winning SuitUp team
Those who donate over $30 will be invited to volunteer at a nearby SuitUp competition for the 2018-2019 school year.