New Jersey Mentoring Group Creates Friday Is Tie Day For Black Male Teens

School counselor Darrell Edmonds was preparing a male student for a job interview several years ago and asked a question: What do you plan to wear? The answer surprised him.

“I don’t have a tie,” the young man responded honestly. Neither did he know how to tie one.

Edmonds, then the director of the AtlantiCare teen center at Oakcrest High School in Mays Landing, unknotted his own tie and taught him how to tie it. The young man returned a short time later with two friends. Word quickly spread and soon others followed. Edmonds brought more ties from home.

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