It may look like your average food truck, but Vibe 305 is far from ordinary. Now on its 3rd Anniversary rolling through Miami-Dade County, the organization, part of the Empowerd Youth program, employs at-risk young men who have turned their lives around for the better. Empowered Youth Founder & CEO Colleen Adams launched a then-mentoring program located inside the Miami-Dade Juvenile Justice Detention Center. After years of matching mentors with troubled teens, she came to the conclusion that she wasn’t doing enough for them. “I was losing a lot of kids back to the street because they needed money,” she says. “As a result, I created a way for them not only to learn, but to profit from learning.” The program is broken down into 2 phases: Phase 1 focuses on character development, academic tutoring, counseling and mentoring; Phase 2 involves a job development curriculum that provides practical learning skills in hospitality, marketing and other fields while also teaching youths how to build a resume and find jobs. To date, success stories include Little Havana native Alex Velasquez, who went from homelessness and extreme poverty to Food Truck Manager., “The program allowed me to become more serious about what I wanted to do with my career,” he says. “It inspired me to open up my own business, to be a really good entrepreneur.” Currently, Vibe 305 has expanded to offer catering services and has plans to jumpstart a Culinary Training Center & Café in Wynwood; @Vibe305Cafe; EmpoweredYouthUSA.org.
Located in one of the most diverse and dynamic business centers in the world, Miami Herbert Business School offers unparalleled opportunities to learn, engage and grow. The graduates are thought-leaders who transform business, scholarship and lives. To honor them, Brickell Magazine and the school have partnered to showcase the annual “Go-Getters,” an honor spotlighting recent grads, their successes, hopes and dreams.
When it comes to leaving your mark on the world, few can boast the list of personal and professional achievements that Hilarie Bass has amassed throughout her career — a successful young actress, a formidable corporate defense lawyer, star litigator, international firm leader, civic ignitor, social activist and now Chair of the University of Miami Board of Trustees and Founder of The Bass Institute For Diversity & Inclusion. Through it all, she has captured our attention in front of the camera, in the courtroom, behind the podium and now at the center of conversations of diversity and workplace inclusion around the world.