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In 2020, Fort Wayne UNITED announced the launch of the Tie Day program. 

Supported by Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, New Haven Mayor Steve McMichael, FWCS, and EACS, New Haven High School became the first school to take part in the program. Participating students reside in Southeast Fort Wayne.

On Tie Days, which take place every Friday, students will wear ties donated by local community leaders. New Haven High School administrators will wear ties that day, as well. Each student will be assigned a community leader to meet with and build a trusting relationship through one-on-one conversations, job shadowing, and leisure activities. Community leaders will be charged with helping the young men build character, perseverance and a strong desire to be successful, responsible, and caring adults.

Additionally, the program will feature community service opportunities and field trips, including higher learning day visits to local colleges and universities and participation in Fort Wayne UNITED’s Choose Success Initiative (C.S.I.),

The Tie Day program was founded in New Jersey by Darrell Edmonds. The program's mission is to empower young, adult males in grades 8-12 with the skills to improve life outcomes. This will ultimately make better sons, brothers, fathers, and community members. 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne, the Renaissance YMCA and City Life are partnering with Fort Wayne UNITED to provide the Tie Day Program. The Tie Day Program is sponsored by Papa John’s Pizza and Headwaters Church.


"While attending a Cities United conference a few years ago, I learned about the amazing Tie Day concept and knew it would complement the programs we’ve already established and raise our youth empowerment, education and engagement to the next level,” said Fort Wayne UNITED Director Iric Headley. “I look forward to seeing the positive impact of the Tie Day Program on not only the participants, but on the community leaders who stepped up to provide support to these young males.”

 See March 2020 Tie Day Update pdfHere.