In January 2016, the Sparrow’s Nest, Inc. will launch their newest program, The Black Suit Initiative. This program is 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.
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.
For the past several months, Greensboro’s headlines have been inundated with heinous crimes committed by young African American males, primarily from the 27405 and 27406 zip code areas. Research has also shown a disproportionate number of young African American males from these areas are unemployed and involved in the criminal justice system, which creates a financial strain on state and local budgets and undermines community stability. Our goal is to help prevent juvenile delinquency, educational disparities and hopelessness in these parts of the city .
Dressing Up The Brain
A new study conducted by a psychology professor at California State University has found that wearing a suit does change 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 Black Suit Initiative is an 11 month program open to young men in grades 6-11 who are currently enrolled in a school in Guilford County. This initial program will only accept 25 young men. Meetings are normally held on Saturday afternoons and good attendance is a necessity to remain in the program.
To apply, click on the “Apply” tab and complete the preliminary application by 11:59pm on Friday, January 15, 2016. If you are selected to be interviewed for the program, you will be contacted by Sunday, January 17, 2016.