Monday, December 18, 2017

Is There Any Hope in the Hood?

Colleen Adams made an impact in the world of fashion, but it was not the legacy she wanted to leave.  After years as a fashion executive, she left the industry to make a difference in the life of urban teens.  Sacrificing her financial security Colleen carved an innovative path of hope by establishing Empowered Youth USA.  

In the depths of inner-city America, poverty and crime shape the lives of underprivileged youth. The children’s role models are drug addicts and criminals. Attending funerals of their friends seems as commonplace as hanging out at the mall and taking out the trash which might result in being shot to death. Electricity and functional plumbing aren’t guaranteed.
By stark contrast, Colleen Adams hailed from the racially segregated south in the 1940’s and climbed her way to the elite end of the social scale. But after accomplishing hollow success as a fashion and publishing marketing executive, Colleen heeded her life’s calling to tackle the hopelessness and despair of disenfranchised inner-city young men.
But could ONE person provide the means for youth from the most crime-ridden and poverty-stricken neighborhoods to actually achieve the American Dream?

Colleen's interview will inspire you and hopefully, challenge you to help bring Hope in the Hood.  She has the unique ability to see the real person inside kids whom society has tossed aside. 





Hope in the Hood is the inspiring true story of one woman’s improbable dream to offer a brighter future for struggling inner-city young men. Author Shirley Alarie conveys the raw and emotional struggles and successes through the voices of the young men and the magic as seen through their mentors and judicial system experts.

Promotion of the book, Hope in the Hood, and the planned Vibe 305 Café and Culinary Training Center are the objectives. The Vibe 305 Café and Culinary Training Center in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami would provide job training and income for fifty inner city young men. Proceeds from the book, Hope in the Hood, are being used to fund the facility.

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