On Thursday, June 12, we hosted five students from Manhattan’s P35m high school at our Chelsea boutique to find outfits they could wear at job interviews, work, or to go out on the town. “These kids don’t know how to dress to go out to eat at a nice restaurant,” said their English teacher, Cesar Ottey, who coordinated the field trip to Goodwill. “Sometimes I have to buy them clothing out of my own money.”
This was the second group to come to Goodwill from the Manhattan high-school. Last December, English teacher Martin Kitto took a group of nine students to get professional outfits. The students, who were repeating 9th grade, were taking part in a Career Readiness project. One of those students, Tyrell, came back to thank Goodwill for the outfit we provided him.
He told us that although he was nervous, looking good gave him the confidence to go out there to interview. He now works as cashier and stock person at a RiteAid drugstore. After we filmed him, he became very emotional. “I feel like I accomplished something because everyone said I’d be dead or in jail by now,” said Tyrell.
Fashion blogger Shaunya Hartley, with help from Goodwill’s Visual Merchandiser Ever Campos and his assistant Victor, selected the outfits for the high-schoolers.
Manhattan High School is a standardized assessment high school within District 75. District 75 is the special education school district for New York City which serves students whose needs cannot be met in a community school. Manhattan High School serves students with emotional disturbance who take the same district and state wide assessments as general education students. Manhattan High School is therefore designed to be as close to a general educational environment as possible. Students have a blocked schedule and take the same subjects as students in a general educational setting. Class sizes are smaller in order to accommodate student’s needs and each student is provided with therapeutic counseling services.
For more information about the P35m Manhattan High School, please call (212) 247-4307; address is 317 West 52nd Street
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