Mission Statement

Image and Attitude is a program of PREP Institute a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization empower women and men in transition by providing occupational & job-skill training programs, and professional business attire to help ensure employment success and self dependency.

Fundamental Principles of Image and Attitude

Dr. Tammy Evans-Colquitt, Ph.D., M.P.A.

Founder/President

Fundamental Principles of Image and Attitude: humanity, support, self sufficiency and service. Brief descriptions of each are provided below:

Humanity: Image and Attitude born out of the works of Dr. Tammy Evans-Colquitt, while writing her college thesis on the welfare system, discovered the perils of women in this system and the consequences to families. Dr. Evans-Colquitt knew, all too well, the challenges women were facing. In her quest to help others, Dr. Evans-Colquitt founded Image and Attitude based upon a simple principle, enhancing one’s self-esteem through a positive image.

Support:  Image and Attitude aims to elevate the self esteem of men and women by offering ongoing support through job-readiness development and support.

Self Sufficiency: Image and Attitude aims to push economically disadvantaged men and women to self sufficiency in maintaining job retention and success.

Service: Image and Attitude strongly emphasizes service. Service is a priority for both employees and volunteers.

Our commitment to the fundamental principles brings us together with a common purpose and inspires us to excel and to behave in ways that inspire the trust of the American people. Each of us is responsible for upholding and living in accordance with these values every day.

Values

Image and Attitude values provide the foundation for the way we behave and the standard to which we hold ourselves. Each of us is responsible for upholding the values and living in accordance with them every day:

· Accountability
· Collaboration
· Commitment
· Results
· Trustworthiness and
· Humanitarianism

Dimita’s success story

Dimita Hughes became involved with Image and Attitude through the One-Stop Program via Municipal Welfare. This 30 day program assists clients in finding employment and with interviewing techniques. When this program ended, Ms. Hughes was sent to work at Image and Attitude for a 13 week period while she still received her welfare check. Her job at Image and Attitude consisted of assisting others with choosing attire for job interviews. While employed with this organization, she received valuable training which she found extremely beneficial, since her previous employment consisted of working only in fast food restaurants. Ms. Evans-Colquitt’s organization taught Dimita how to dress professionally and enabled her to develop the much needed self-esteem she needed to succeed in life. She also developed better communication skills. Image and Attitude was also instrumental in assisting her with developing a professional resume and showing her how to complete a job application on-line.

Today, Dimita is employed at Sam’s Club in Cinnaminson. She became tearful when she told me that Tammy Evans-Colquitt always believed in her. She is so grateful for the organizational skills which she now has. She went from being unemployed for over 25 years to now enjoying steady employment. She has been on her current job for 8 months. She is extremely grateful to the Image and Attitude staff and volunteers for helping her get to where she is today!

Written by Elaine Weaver-Crepps

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Programs

Image and Attitude, Inc. is a labor of love that sprung from Tammy Evans-Colquitt’s own vision that all individuals, despite their background, should be able to put their best foot forward to a better life.

Career Closet

The clients of Image and Attitude are outfitted in a boutique setting by appointment only where they are paired with a volunteer who act as their personal shopper.  While the women receive advice on selecting an appropriate interview and office attire, their attitude and self-perception are also “made over” with encouraging words and emotional support. This creates an environment rich in learning opportunities, stimulating personal growth and improve job performance and retention.

Professional Development and Occupational Training

Image and Attitude is a trainer provider on the New Jersey Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) to provide services through its One Stop Career Center. Core services include Customer Service & Sales training, Weatherization & Environmental Health training, Life Skills & Job-Readiness training, and other employment supportive services.

Women to Women Networking & Support Group

The Women to Women Empowerment & Networking Group provides a forum for encouragement, motivation and networking to women who are on the move to empowerment & leadership, but reaching back to support other women in the community.

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Interviewing Tips

BE Prepared

  • Take an extra resume to the interview in case the interviewer did not bring their copy.
  • Be prepared to ask questions.
  • Research and know a few facts about the company.

BE on Time

  • Situations happens, so if you are going to be late, call and give the interviewer the option to still meet with you, or to reschedule for another time. Never just show up late for an appointment.

BE Courteous

  • Firm handshake and greet the interviewer by their last name until they give you persmission to address they by their first name.
  • Send a “typed” Thank You Note immediately after the interview to thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you. This is also another opportunity to briefly highlight your skills and interest in the job.

BE Attentive

  • Body language is an important non-verbal communication, so make sure you have eye-contact with the interviewer, this will communicate that you are paying attention and interested in what they have to say.

BE Dressed

  • “Professionally” Dress to Impress. You have less than 10 second to make an impression, so let it be a good and lasting impression.

BE Confident

  • Rehearse with a person who will give you honest feedback.
  • Practicing in the mirror is a great way to take notice of how you communicate verbally and non-verbally.
  • Remember, it’s not only what you say, but it’s also what you don’t say that can leave the interviewer with a poor impression of you.
  • Rehearsing will allow you to be comfortable and prepared, which will communicate to the interviewer confident and control.
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