Student, 6th Grade
SuitUp Business Competition
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SuitUp runs volunteer events for companies to increase career awareness and marketable skills for low-income students. SuitUp brings corporate volunteers into schools, or students into offices, and runs a one-day business plan competition where employees help students solve a problem for a brand, like creating a new product for Nike.
For students, SuitUp bridges the connection between academic success and future career possibilities. In a competition, students meet and work with corporate volunteers, learn about multiple roles within a company, and are coached by experts during the day.
For volunteers, SuitUp organizes simple, exciting, and impactful events that give companies incentive to participate. This flips the volunteer model--instead of an employee finding and evaluating a non-profit, coordinating specifics and convincing co-workers to show up, SuitUp focuses on the company and its needs, matching them with an effective education partner and coordinating all the logistics.