Members of 100 Suits handed out 200 suits to the young men of Eagle Academy on the corner of Linden Blvd. and Merrick Blvd.
BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Southeast Queens’ own 100 Suits – a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to ensuring that men and women are prepared and equipped in all aspects for the professional world despite their economic status – held its first Pop-up Shop: Kings Prom Edition for the young men of Eagle Academy on the corner of Linden Blvd. and Merrick Blvd.
The organization provided 200 brand new suits, which they purchased themselves, a barber to groom the young men, an aesthetician, and mannequins. They also organized volunteers from Southeast Queens’ Life Camp, Brooklyn-based Healing Souls, and the offices of Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-Jamaica) and state Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park).
Eagle Academy, located at 171-10 Linden Blvd., was chosen because it’s an all-boys school in an underserved community. It is just the first of many schools 100 Suits plan to pop up at during prom season.
“What we’re doing is shining a light on these young men,” said Kevin Livingston, founder of 100 Suits. “These young men come into our offices one way and leave another. We’re continuously being innovative with outreach to our men in general. We already know that they’re kings, we’re just here to adjust their crowns.”
The pop-up shop was held in the busiest streets of Southeast Queens, ensuring that everyone see it. According to Livingston, there were people stopping by eager to see what was going on, including some who hopped off their buses, and even some seniors from the Greater Allen AME Cathedral.
Livingston said that during prom seasons there are a number of pop up shops for young women, providing them with their dresses, shoes and many with free makeovers.
“We just want to encourage young men to be great and look great,” said Livingston. “I’m very honored that the community continues to come together to take care of these young men.”
100 Suits currently has five offices; two in Jamaica, one in SoHo, and others in New Jersey and Baltimore.
Over the last year or so, the organization has become well-known around the country. Working alongside the likes of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, they’ve caught the attention and support of top list celebrities like Steve Harvey, director Salim Akil and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan.
Livingston asked that anyone seeking to donate or would like more information, that they either visit 100suits.org or call (646) 618-9797.