Suits for Seniors Founder Jervonte Edmonds
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Suits For Seniors and West Palm Beach City Commission President Cory Neering will host a Career Day at Palm Beach Lakes High School featuring County Administrator Verdenia Baker and West Palm Beach Mayor Jerri Muoio.
Palm Beach Lakes is one of the schools where Suits for Seniors runs its flagship program designed to help at-risk high school seniors develop a positive image and professionalism by implementing vital career exploration and a leadership development curriculum.
The school’s graduation suiting ceremony – during which youth who have successfully completed the eight-week program receive a brand new, custom tailored suit – will be held November 8.
The tagline for Suits for Seniors, a nonprofit founded in 2015 by then 24-year-old Jervonte Edmonds, is “The suit is the uniform for success.”
Edmonds said his goal is to adequately prepare as many high school seniors as possible for college or a career, and being well-dressed helps give them the confidence they need to succeed.
“I remember how I changed when I put that suit on,” said Edmonds, who is now a Florida Atlantic University Alumni and licensed real estate agent. “I had no idea who I was or what I wanted to be. But once I was dressed, it was like, the world opened up to me and I seized it.”
The two-pronged program includes a focus on topics like financial literacy, college transition, career exploration and leadership. Upon completion, Edmonds said the tailored suit is the students’ diploma.
Edmonds, thus far, has raised funds primarily through crowdfunding. For more information, visit www.suitsforseniors.org.