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.
It’s A Dog’s World
Inspired by the healing power of dogs, this editorial communicates the feelings that our beloved pets give us — a sense of calm, comfort, love, peace and joy. The custom-made pearls represent a human-dog connection that transcends space and time.
The Go-Getters 2023
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 celebrate them, We partnered with the school to present our annual “Go-Getters” feature, honoring current students and recent grads, their successes, hopes and dreams.