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SPC Alumnus Walter E. 

A St. Philip's College alumnus is the subject of news reports on how he is scaling up and diversifying his successful mission of giving back by innovatively educating youth on the basic principles of business hygiene, etiquette and fashion...
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SPC Alumnus Walter E. Perry, Sr., Gives Back by Educating Youth

An inspiring alumnus, growing his business: SPC alumnus Walter E. Perry Sr., gives back by educating youth on the basic principles of business hygiene, etiquette and fashion

A St. Philip's College alumnus is the subject of news reports on how he is scaling up and diversifying his successful mission of giving back by innovatively educating youth on the basic principles of business hygiene, etiquette and fashion.

The inspiring alumnus is SPC alumnus Walter E. Perry Sr., and the project he leads is Suit Up, an up-and-coming eight-week leadership course with corporate etiquette, fashion and hygiene elements.

According to the Feb. 26 KSAT story by video journalist Max Massey and entitled Suit Up: Free community program educating young, old on how to dress to impresshttps://www.ksat.com/news/free-community-program-educating-young-old-on-how-to-dress-to-impress?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=snd&utm_content=ksat12, "It's a community organization that started as a group getting suits for people coming in and out of jail and for young kids entering workforce who need clothes to go to work and have the basic necessities, like socks, shoes and a nice shirt," said Walter E. Perry Sr., the man who started and teaches the class. But for a lot of the youth involved, it's so much more than that. "Some of these boys lack the basic know-how of bathing, putting on deodorant, ironing and folding clothes, so we want to teach them the basics of what's happening in that program," Perry said for the report.

Find an archival report on Perry online at Page 11 of the 2016 SPC President’s Newsletter College hosts Suit Up: Business and Professional Clothing Exchange Programhttp://alamo.edu/uploadedFiles/SPC/Faculty_and_Staff/President_Corner/Presidents_Files/Spring-2016.pdf. The report documents the March 8, 2016 visit by 30 young men from Sam Houston High School who participated in a presentation on goal setting and academic and career opportunities at St. Philip’s College, led by John Martin, then-Associate Director Student Success. Following the presentation, the young men had an opportunity to visit the Bowden Alumni Center and learn about the college’s history. The visit was coordinated by Perry and Marcellyn Saine of Communities in Schools at Sam Houston High School.

Perry's post-SPC giving back celebrated recent new growth, according to a Feb. 16 report by News 4 San Antonio’s Ashlei King and entitled Program helps underprivileged kids ‘Suit Up’ for lifehttp://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/program-helps-underprivileged-kids-suit-up-for-life-02-17-2018. According to the report, "Until now Perry hasn't had an actual place to run Suit Up!, but on Friday evening, he celebrated the soft opening of his new classroom on Commerce Street near North New Braunfels Avenue. The building has a changing room, so boys will be able to pick out a suit and try it on to see if it’s a good fit. “When you put on a suit, it gives you a whole new identity, almost like a superhero,” Perry said. Suit Up! is also adding a girl’s program and a program called Suit Up! Youngin’, which is for kids in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. It will teach kids some basic tasks, like tying shoes, brushing teeth and combing and brushing hair," Perry said for the report.

To partner with or support the Suit Up mission, communicate with Perry through his organization’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SuitUpProgram/. To read more about Perry’s project, visit The Awesome Foundation web page at http://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/projects/70160-suit-up and The Eastside Promise web page at http://eastsidepromise.org/promising-people/walter-e-perry-sr/.

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CAPTION: Archival images of 2016 Suit Up program alumni at St. Philip's College are a reminder that the program originated by college alumnus Walter E. Perry Sr., is scaling up with a new classroom location near the college and plans to open a program for girls grades Pre-K-5. (SPC images)

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