The 35U began with a vision to inspire the leaders of tomorrow by telling them about the leaders of today. With millions of people involved in government, education, business and community service across the country, it sometimes may be hard for the 35U to connect to leaders individually simply due to an age barrier. The 35U to us is any young adult from the ages of 18-35 in this country. These individuals have a voice – they can vote, serve, and most importantly, they can make a difference for future generations.
Today’s Q&A feature is Jervonte Edmonds, Founder and CEO of Suits for Seniors, Educator, and Titusville, Florida native. Suits for Seniors is a non-profit organization that provides leadership and college readiness training to at-risk High School seniors across the state of Florida through an 8-week program. After completion of the program, These high school seniors will receive a tailored suit. Edmonds received his degree in Political Science at Florida Atlantic University, where he served in Respect, Check, Protect Yourself (RCP) an HIV Awareness organization, the Pre-Law Society, and was appointed a Leadership Ambassador on behalf of the University. Jervonte is active in his community, he is the President of Palm Beach Young Black Progressives, a member of Delray Beach Board of Education, the Engagement Director for New Leaders Council Palm Beach, and board member to Sequel’s Palm Beach Youth Academy. We caught up with Jervonte to find out what leadership means to him and what advice he would give to future leaders.
Why did you choose this career path?
I chose this career path as an educator, because I understand the greatest value any person could have is a good education. When we provide youth with financial literacy, leadership, college and career readiness training, it will create a generational progression of our community.
Who inspired you to get involved?
My mother is the inspiration to all my work. She is the first person who got me engaged in community service. My mother showed me how investing into the community and youth could make a big difference for the entire community and abroad.
How do you define a leader?
A Servant who is humble, ambitious, innovative and committed to creating a better future for the community and society he/she represents.
What advice would you give to the next generation of leaders who want to get involved?
Find what you love, what makes you the most happiest, what you would do for free because you love it so much. Find what that talent or skill is and monetize it. Learn as much as you can to master your craft, and start taking action to monetize it. Build a team of people around you that can guide, love, and hold you accountable. Once you decide exactly what your going to do. Put your head down and keep moving forward!.