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1,000 Ties event teaches young men life skills and helps them break poverty cycle

Posted at 12:41 PM, Feb 20, 2020

CLEVELAND — It sounds like such a simple thing a neck-tie, but one organization in Northeast Ohio is using it to make this a better land.

Saturday, groups of students gathered at East Professional Center in Cleveland for the 2nd annual the 1,000 Ties event.

The concept is to give them ties as a way to teach them about life skills and help them break the cycle of poverty.

At the event, they learned how to tie those ties and listened to lectures from community leaders.

"Something so small as a tie can open so many doors, so when you're talking about tying ties, you're talking about communication, you're talking about eye contact and hand-shaking and how to dress appropriately for different situations,” Jowan Smith, the CEO of 1,000 Ties, said.

The organization is always taking tie donations. They can be dropped off at the Memorial-Nottingham Library.