Suit Up and Show Up

CDC of Tampa in collaboration with Middleton High School FBLA
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The Suit Up and Show Up (SUSU) event is a joint project between the Middleton FBLA Chapter and the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa. The day-long retreat will touch the lives of at-risk minority male youth with the help of referrals from schools throughout Hillsborough County. Volunteers from 24 different organizations and community partners plan to contribute time, talents, and resources.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is the most successful civil rights activist of all time. To accomplish his goal, He was willing to sacrifice everything, so his children could live the life of his Dream. When goals are specific, such that they're written out in detail, can be quantified, and have a timeframe for completion, they become more real and translate into success. Students participating SUSU 2020 will follow in the footsteps of Dr. King, and leave prepared to be successful in life as they engage in the power of establishing goals and learn how to make a positive difference in their communities and in the world. This community service project will engage students from 10 different organizations in leadership development workshops.

The event will open with a keynote speaker followed by three breakout sessions focusing on goal setting, enhancing your personal image and personal responsibility led by Community Stakeholders and Residents. The day will culminate with a question and answer panel discussion derived from questions students write down after each workshop. After completing the sessions, the youth will begin their transformation in the CDC of Tampa’s Suit Up Closet to select a suit, shirt, tie, and shoes to take home. The goal of the day is to shift the perceptions of the young men – offering a new outlook on their potential as growing young leaders.

Student Participation

To qualify for participation in the program, a student must be a minority male between the ages of 16 and 24 and must be recommended to the program by an invited teacher/mentor. Invited teachers/mentors are from the following schools or organizations:


Volunteers can sign up by filling out the form below


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