Friday Is Tie Day, Inc. (FITD) is incorporated as a nonprofit organization in New Jersey with federal 501 c3 status pending founded by Darrell Edmonds, MS in May 2013.  The mission of FITD is to empower young and adult males with the skills to improve life outcomes.  This will ultimately make better son, brothers, and fathers.  We empower young men through mentoring.  The Friday Is Tie Day teen movement is geared towards young men in grades 8-12.  So much of popular culture teaches our young people to be rude, arrogant, and disrespectful. It is our intention to "buck the culture" and start something new (or revive something old).  We encourage teens in any school to start wearing ties to school on Friday. For one day a week, they will make a deliberate effort to not only dress like gentlemen but to also act like gentlemen. We anticipate that these trend setting young men will have a positive impact on the entire school environment.

We empower adult males through our responsible fatherhood initiative.  We meet once a month with dads for a breakfast and we use a proven curriculum called All Pro Dad.  All Pro Dad is an initiative by Family First.  This innovative and unique program is for every father.  We strive to help fathers become passionate about their role in their family’s life.  We strive daily to provide them every resource needed to rightly train up their children and give them a hopeful future.  Our aim is to interlock the hearts of the fathers with their children and as a byproduct the hearts of the children to their dads.

Friday Is Tie Day

OUR FOUNDER

Mr. Edmonds is available to speak to your school in an assembly, your youth group, or in almost any venue you may need.  Complete the form below to initiate the booking process.

Building gentleMEN.

Darrell Edmonds, MS

Darrell Edmonds began his professional career with S.O.D.A.T. (Services to Overcome Drug Abuse Among Teens) of New Jersey, Inc. shortly after graduating from The University of Delaware with a BA in History .  At S.O.D.A.T., Darrell was the Program Manager of the TLC Teen Center where he developed programming for teens including anger management, goal setting, and documentary film making.              

In 2003 he returned to the Atlantic City area to work for AtlantiCare Behavioral Health with the Atlantic City Family Centers. At the family centers he quickly rose to the position of lead case manager, and later, program coordinator for the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program.

In 2006 he received his Masters of Science in Non-Profit Management from Eastern University. In the same year, Darrell was promoted to the position of Director of the Oakcrest Teen Center. Since assuming that position, he has been recognized by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce as one of the Top 40 young professionals under the age of 40 in 2009 (Top 40 under 40). In 2011 he was named Man of the Year by Phi Delta Kappa Sorority. In the same year, he was named Omega Man of the Year by the Upsilon Alpha chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. 

In 2013 Darrell founded the non profit organization Friday Is Tie Day, Inc. The mission of the organization is to build men through male youth mentoring and responsible fatherhood. Darrell was part of the planning committee for the first ever New Jersey Celebration of Fatherhood event in 2013, as well as a partner with President Obama’s Fatherhood Buzz initiative. Friday Is Tie Day is also responsible for starting the area’s first chapter of the All Pro Dad dad’s day breakfast, which is a national program endorsed by super bowl winning coach Tony Dungy. The organization’s mentoring program encourages young men to wear ties to school on Fridays. Over the first year the group grew from eight teens at one high school to over 50 teens at five high schools.  They meet monthly for lessons on goal setting, college awareness and leadership development. The group has made college visits to West Chester University, Temple University, Rutgers University, and the University of Delaware. The teens in the program have participated in community services projects for Hope For Liberia and a suit drive for their 2014 MLK Community Service Project.

In June 2014, Darrell was awarded the prestigious Starting Bloc Fellowship for social innovation. Starting Bloc brings together entrepreneurs, activists, educators, and innovators working to create change.  In August of 2014, Darrell was selected to attend the International Young Leaders Assembly at the UN with change makers from around the globe.