Well-Suited is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that was founded by Ms Janet Lavender in 1997. Under her leadership, Well-Suited has partnered with hundreds of community organizations including school districts, and colleges to provide college and career readiness support to thousands of young adults and teens.
In 2013, Ms Lavender created "Youth with a Passion" a remote curriculum powered by the worlds leading Learning Management System Canvas. Enabling students to participate in an intensive course that assists students with identifying compatible careers, and the educational, scholarships, internships and extra-curricular requirements needed to pursue them.
In 2017, Youth with a Passion was approved by the Los Angeles Unified School District as an elective course. Since then hundreds of students have enrolled in it to personalize their college and career plan.
Since 2020, Well-Suited has partnered with UC and CSU university systems to employ graduate students to become college and career planning coaches for our middle and high school students. Well-Suited provides our intern's professional development training to aid in their transition to life after college. We invite professionals from all areas of expertise to become mentors for our college interns.
In 2021, Well Suited created the first-ever College and Career Planning Clubhouse that provides personalized extended college and career support services for all students enrolled in Youth with a Passion.
In 2021, Ethnic Studies became a required course for high school students, after Gov Newsom signed AB 101 in the Californian legislature. Per the request of the City of Angels school district, Ms Lavender integrated Ethnic Studies into our curriculum for students to use.
In 2023, Well-Suited inaugurates Youth Pursuing the American Dream an intensive college and career seminar, hosted in September.
Ms Lavender is a contributor to the L.A Times Career Builder and has appeared on several talk shows, books, and magazines. She has been recognized by many public officials including President Clinton, Governor Brown, Senator Boxer, and Maxine Waters for her extraordinary work and contributions she has made to Los Angeles. Ms Lavender was featured in the Harlequin Books 2005 Edition "More than Words", L.A and NY Times, Essence and Marie Claire in May of 2003.