02/02/2012 06:33 pm ET

Troy Baptiste Graduates With HOPE, Gets New Suit For Job Interviews

Troy Baptiste used to get into trouble. After he got laid off in 2010, he said he made a few "bad decisions" and was incarcerated. But today, after graduating from New York's HOPE program, Baptiste is ready to go back to the workforce. And he has a brand-new designer suit to help him conquer those nerve-wracking job interviews.

Baptiste was one of 17 unemployed men who received suits worth $1,000 from Mohan Ramachandani, a custom New York tailor, who agreed to give the suits away to graduates of the nonprofit, which works to provide job skills and work readiness to the city's residents ready to change their lives, the AP reports.

"Words can't express what he's doing for us right now," Baptiste said.

"Ten years from now," he said, "I would like to be in front of some HOPE students, speaking of my success."

To get involved in the HOPE Program, click here.