Changing Lives, Families & Communities
A movement to help disadvantaged men in the inner city, to fully realize greater potential in order to exercise greater personal liberty. What that really means is we teach them how to lead productive and sustainable lives and redefine the way they approach job training. We do this through a series of career development and financial literacy workshops. We assist them in understanding how the workplace actually works, how to appreciate their community and neighborhoods, through job training, cultural events, men's health, fatherhood and faith.
For the past several decades, policies and programs that assist low-income individuals in becoming self-sufficent have focused primarily on woman and children. MENZFIT saw another need - Men. There is a growing recognition that men are in need of the same kinds of employment and supportive services that are typically made available to women.
Menzfit started as a relatively simple concept: Give A Suit And A Start to low-income men. However, we soon recognized that this was not enough. A large number of our clients have significant barriers that prevent them from performing at their full potential during a job interview and on the job. In order to really help our clients Menzfit established the career development (CD) program.
MenzFit provides each client with one suit when he has a scheduled interview and a second outfit when he gets the job. Professional clothing provided includes a suit, dress shirt, tie, belt, socks and shoes.
MenzFit’s clients also receive free tailoring and haircut services if needed. As an incentive to participate in our Career Development (CD) Program each man receives a casual day outfit.
Volunteers and staff explore any concerns or anxieties the client may have regarding his upcoming job interview and discuss the work environment and corporate culture in which the interview will take place. The client is given time to discuss any concerns that he may have and explore issues that may represent barriers to possible employment. The volunteer offers concrete tools to overcome these barriers, reviews the clients’ resume for accuracy and, upon request, spends time coaching the client on successful interviewing techniques. This component of the program lasts approximately 45 minutes.
These men have shown initiative by attending and graduating from job training programs, but they have difficulty getting decent work due to the lack of business clothing. A recent article in the Washington Times reported that although many companies have instituted some form of casual dress, the suit still remains the staple garment for professional dress and job interviews. Volunteers help guide the client through the process of selecting an appropriate outfit for his upcoming interview.
The Career Development Program (CD)
The program is designed to eliminate barriers to employment for low-income men by helping them increase their marketable skills and broadening their awareness of and access to career opportunities.
The program includes five components:
The Seminar Series I & II: These seminars provide clients information on resume writing, interview techniques, business etiquette, non-verbal and verbal communications skills, time management, conflict resolution, diversity in the workplace, job advancement, fatherhood and men’s health issues.
Career Days: The two most significant barriers men face in gaining employment is a lack of knowledge of job opportunities and the anxiety of entering a professional environment. Career Days exposes clients to a variety of workplaces and office settings through partnerships with area businesses.
The Resource Center: The majority of MenzFit clients have little or no access to computers. The Resource Center is a place to access the internet and the wealth of employment information available on it. Additionally, computer training, reference books, periodicals, business magazines, employment manuals and other job related publications are available.
The Empowerment Expo: The Expo is designed to further educate men on the many employment resources available. This daylong conference reaches more men, providing a venue for those who are not able to participate in the regular CD program.
Financial Literacy Program: We offer financial workshops that:
Help you understand the relationship between money, wealth, and financial independence.
Provide you with information and tools to help you understand your relationship with money and manage it better.
Assist you in developing habits that will enable you to control your spending today so you can save for future expenses.
Educate you about your rights as a consumer and how to exercise those rights.
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