Career Closet: More Than a Wardrobe took the cake in the Economic and Workforce Development category for the 2017 AccelerateNEO: Citizens Make Change Civic Pitch competition. Named as a potential game changer and announced in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Career Closet has quickly garnered the support and attention of community stakeholders. The vision for Career Closet is to create a mobile career center that will serve high school students in Northeast Ohio by providing access to workplace attire, skills training & development and opportunities for early employment. When looking at the statistics on poverty in Cleveland, released by the U.S. Census Bureau, 1 in 3 people and more than 50% of our children live below the poverty line. This cycle of poverty is inter-generational and many of the associated challenges threatens its continuance. A particular challenge among young people is the alarming rate of youth unemployment and number of idle youth in Cleveland. With many schools struggling to meet the needs of its students, we have too many students graduating without the skills needed to secure sustainable employment. This skills disparity became the motivation behind Career Closet. But why a mobile career center, you ask? Well outside of being innovative and wanting to create a platform for participant engagement, I wanted a setting that would enable me to reach as many students as possible and circumvent accessibility issues. It's simply a solution with every student in mind. What's most valuable is that you have an opportunity to get involved and make an impact in the lives of our children.
"Our service to others is the rent we pay for our place here on earth." - Muhammad Ali
To learn more about my initiative please visit the link below. https://www.cleveleads.org/alumni/alumni-events/accelerate-2017/accelerate2017