Two years ago, Kevin Livingston founded 100 Suits for 100 Men in an effort to help young men who either had been in trouble or at risk in Southeast Queens steer a better course for their lives with education.
Now the ladies are getting their turn.
Livingston and some community supporters kicked off 100 Suits for 100 Women with a press conference at the intersection of Parsons Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue.
He said they will concentrate first on women in the South Jamaica Houses, run by the New York City Housing Authority.
“We’ve already begun outreach there,” Livingston said. “We’ve begun collecting donations from the community, because I don’t want to wait around for a corporation to write me a check.”
Livingston said the program for men already has given away 4,000 suits. It doesn’t stop there, offering applicants assistance with resume preparation, job application and interviewing techniques, financial literacy and domestic violence prevention.
Natasha Christopher of Jamaica will oversee operations for the women’s program. She has a personal interest in seeing it succeed, having lost her son to gun violence.
She believes young women will be able to benefit as much as the men as the program gains momentum, as many either do not have or do not appreciate the importance of business-style attire.
“If you want to apply for a job or go to school, people won’t take you very seriously if you look and dress like you belong to the street,” she said.