CHS’s Youth Empowerment Center Hosts Black Suit Initiative Panel

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The Children’s Home Society of NC’s Youth Empowerment Center hosted a Black Suit Initiative panel on March 12, with a focus on the positive role models in our community, and on how the positive efforts of young boys will eventually lead to successful young men if you have the right mindset.

The Black Suit Initiative is a program designed to provide middle and high school young men, from under-served communities, the opportunity to engage in  educational, character and career building opportunities to assist in their college and/or career pursuits.

Through this initiative, young men will have the opportunity to speak openly with CEO’s, business owners, police, politicians and community leaders.  This program will also offer workshops in English, math, history,  public speaking, culinary arts, drug prevention and wealth building. It is also a requirement for young men to develop and actively engage in community service projects throughout the year.

A new study conducted by a psychology professor at California State University found that wearing a suit changes thought processes. The study found formal clothing improved confidence levels and changed the basic way respondents perceived the world. The study also revealed wearing a suit encourages people to use abstract processing more readily than concrete processing. The goal of the Black Suit Initiative will allow young men the opportunity to gradually earn a full black suit upon the successful completion of all program modules as well as exhibiting exemplary behavior in their schools and community.

The initiative is an 11 month program open to young men in grades 6-11 who are currently enrolled in a school in Guilford County.

The next panel hosted by CHS will be held on June 18, 2016. For more information, please contact Jasmine Perry at