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Founder Of Edith's Place Helps CUNY Students Suit Up For Interview

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First impressions are everything when you're on an interview, so one woman is helping to make sure college students leave a good impression. NY1's Shazia Khan filed the following New Yorker of the Week.

Tiffany Young, 22, is looking for the perfect suit for an upcoming job interview.

“The first thing jobs are going to look for is just the natural thing they look at — how you present yourself physically,” says Young.

Young isn't trying out different styles at the mall, but at the not-for-profit, Edith's Place. Here she can pick the suit of her choice, without having to pick up the bill.

Carolyn Everett founded Edith's Place a little over ago to help financially disadvantaged students at CUNY dress the part of a job interview.

“We have so many wonderful CUNY students who simply literally don't have the money to buy clothes to go to an interview and I felt since I had been so blessed that I wanted to try to even the playing field as much as possible and provide the kind of opportunities that I had had,” says Everett.

Everett works in the academic affairs department at CUNY and operates the shop out of LaGuardia Community College in Queens. She uses her own money to buy all new items, including racks of clothes, shelves of shoes and abundant accessories, including, scarves, handbags and jewelry. Everett says she has spent more than a $100,000.

“I do buy things on Overstock and discounts and I go to the garment districts and people do help me out in giving me very low prices and things like that, but I pay it from my own money,” says Everett.

Edith's Place, named after Everett's mother, is open to students in two of CUNY's programs that help people on public assistance. Students who are referred to the store get one complete outfit for the interview and if they're hired, they can return for additional outfits for the workplace.

“She is such a generous kind and warm person and she has done all of this out of the goodness of her heart,” says CUNY colleague Debbie Douglas.

“She always drives home the point that when students come to the store, she would like the student to feel comfortable in the clothing that they get, she would like the students to like the clothing that they get,” says CUNY colleague Heather Manning.

Christian Espinosa recently chose a suit for an interview that may have helped him land the job.

“All I had before was just a dressy shirt and a tie and once I got a new suit, such as this one, I felt more confident,” says Espinosa. “My self-esteem improved as well. I wasn't afraid to talk. I wasn't afraid to interview.”

So, for making sure students are well suited for that big interview, Carolyn Everett is our new New Yorker of the Week.

— Shazia Khan

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