"Suits for Seniors: Empowerment program benefits high school students with a tailored suit

Suits for Seniors is a 4 to 8 week program that was created for graduating high school seniors so they are able to be awarded a full tailored suit, tips and strategies for success in their future endeavors, and personal speeches from several professionals from various successful walks of life.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fl.(CBS12)-- The tagline for Suits for Seniors, a nonprofit founded in 2015 by then-24-year-old Jervonte Edmonds of Lake Worth, is ‘The suit is the uniform for success.’ And Edmonds should know: he was a young man of 21 who was unfocused, messy and directionless until heput on a suit.

Since then, he has created an 8-week program that teaches empowerment, leadership, healthy lifestyles and image to male graduating high school seniors and, upon successful program completion, provides each student with a tailored suit.

Boynton Beach High is the third school to successfully finish Suits for Seniors and the program will host its closing event from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Boynton Beach Community High School, located at 4975 Park Ridge Boulevard. The entire football team will receive their tailored suits during a formal presentation ceremony. The other two schools were Village Academy and Atlantic High, both in Delray Beach.

Besides the suit presentation, there will also be a job preparedness program, job fair and community outreach with food, music and activities for young people. More than 40 vendors will be at the event, which is free and open to the public.

“I remember how I changed when I put that suit on,” said Edmonds, who is now a senior political science major at Florida Atlantic University, a district aide to State Rep. Bobby Powell Jr. (District 88) and a 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. It was a life changer.”

Edmonds felt so strongly about that experience that he wanted to duplicate it for other young men. He has found much support: officials and educators in Boynton and in Delray Beach and corporate and community leaders have participated in the program. Edmonds is always seeking volunteers and sponsors.

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