Muskogee teen helps youth dress the part

Posted at 9:19 PM, Jul 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-06 23:45:09-04

An Oklahoma teenager takes it upon himself to help others dress the part.

You don't dress for the job you have, you dress for the job you want.

It's an old adage one young man, who is interning with the city of Muskogee, is taking very seriously.

"I'm trying to help other youth that can't afford dress clothes to have the opportunity to get dress clothes and dress properly," Muskogee city intern Izaeah Washington said.

It's all to help other ambitious young people like himself.

"I see him wearing his sweater and his bow tie and I think he means business, regardless of what is going on in his head," Interim Muskogee City Manager Roy Tucker said.

Professionalism matters at the Muskogee City Hall building, so Izaeah Washington wanted to help his fellow interns.

"One major thing I would like to convey is to pull up their pants, that's a big thing," Washington said.

"Since image is such a significant part for a manager's hiring position, it's going to go long way," Tucker said.

Less than a week after Washington created the program, Izaeah has collected more than 100 items such as suits, ties and dress shirts.

Looking the part, helps get the part. It's a theory Washington doesn't just take seriously for himself, but for everyone else who wants success.

You can donate gently used dress clothes to the Muskogee City Hall Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.