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November 12, 2012
Tyrone Norfleet was 15 years old when his daughter was born in February 2008. He went straight to school from the hospital, his “mind racing, just thinking,” he recalled. To help support his daughter, he worked part time at Kmart. After graduating from New Dorp High School on Staten Island in 2010, he needed a full-time job.
In 2011, he enrolled in a 10-week job-training program for medical administrative assistants at Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, but he didn’t like the hospital scene. The program scheduled interviews for him at other companies, but he needed a suit for those. He was referred to Community Service Society, an agency supported by The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, which gave him $300 to buy a suit, shoes and shirts and $40 for his phone bill so he could get calls from potential employers.