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Joe Adorno

CEO & Founder

Joe Adorno is the founder of YOLO Mentoring LLC. 

He holds a Master’s degree in social work (MSW) from the University of Central Florida and an undergraduate psychology degree from the University of Tampa. He has more than a decade of experience working in the social services industry and worked in the Circuit 9 Court System as a family and children’s advocate. He has helped a variety of children and families from varying cultural backgrounds, homeless persons, people undergoing substance abuse, people with mental health problems, and has worked with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice as well as the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Mr. Adorno enjoys working with the youth, especially teenagers of all backgrounds and situations. His love for encouraging and helping the youth overcome life’s obstacles is what drove him to start the unique YOLO Mentoring program. He lives by the philosophy that “no matter how hard life may get, there is always an opportunity to better yourself and change your situation.” Mr. Joe tries to instill this philosophy in every child that goes through the program.

Our Team


Felix Carela

Senior Mentor/Trainor

Felix is currently attending Florida International University where he will be graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in Public Administrations with a minor in Criminal Justice. After graduations, Felix plans on pursuing a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice.

There are numerous hobbies that Felix enjoys. Basketball, running, reading mystery novels, and movies are just a few. Felix also has a passion for exploring new places that he's never been to as well as traveling and learning new things.

Felix's favorite part of mentoring is meeting and getting to know the children that he works with. He enjoys connecting with them and their diverse cultures. Through this connection, he is able to learn a little more about this vast world. Felix believes that the children teach him as much as he is able to teach them.

Joseph Leone

Supervisor/Senior Mentor/Trainer

Joseph received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Integrated Life Sciences from Kent State University. He started working with children as a volunteer with underprivileged children in Ohio and later continued this work volunteering at a professional services center for both children and adults.

His favorite part of mentoring is the feeling of making an impact on the lives of the youth, the leaders of tomorrow. The philosophy that he attempts to instill in every child is that “Life is what you make of it. Every negative situation is an opportunity to learn and create a positive situation”.

He enjoys being active and playing various sports such as Ice Hockey and Soccer. He also enjoys playing his guitar and other creative ventures on his free time.

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Tyrus Cooper

Senior Mentor

Over the past few years, Tyrus has served as an Executive Administrative Assistant for an IT consulting firm. In this position, he was responsible for meeting planning (virtually and face to face), website/customer service management to name a few. His structured background and international travels have helped him become a well rounded (cultured) individual and an effective communicator.

In 2009 he began mentoring at-risk youth through a program with Children’s Home Society. Since then, he has become certified as a Foster Care/Adoptive parent, with the intent to be an advocate for our youth. He believes that he is finding his calling as he devotes his time to increase the light inside you to shine for all to see.

In his free time, he appreciates capturing the beauty of our world through his camera, keeping a photo journal of his life’s adventures. He also appreciates a wide variety of music, movies, and food. His personal mantra is to try something new. This, he believes, helps him live adventurously while maintaining a respect and admiration for all cultures.

Greg Velazquez

Senior Mentor

Greg has been with the company since April of 2014. Greg received his Associate's degree from Valencia College. He is now working on his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. He plans to continue his education at the University of Central Florida and work towards earning his Master's degree.

Greg enjoys working with children and making a difference by being positive influence in their lives. Greg is passionate about teaching children new activities and showing them more positive, productive ways of living. Greg's philosophy, which he tries to instill in every child that he works with, is "not to let any issue or obstacle control you. You're always in control, whether you give that issue power or not."

Greg enjoys playing soccer, football, and basically any physical activity. He always loves dancing and tumbling and was even an Acrobat/Performer for Universal Studios.

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Luigi Leveille

Mentor

Bio to be published soon!

Zachary Burns

Mentor

- They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night- Edgar Allan Poe

- Earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Plan to return to school to acquire a Master’s in marriage and family counseling.

Hobbies: Reading, creative-writing, playing video games, listening to music, learning more about interesting topics.

- I love music. Music, like laughter is one the few common threads that connect cultures around the world. I’m also very passionate about writing and expressing myself creatively. I like to read whenever I can. Regardless of your situation or background, you can travel to beautiful landscapes and explore extraordinary worlds simply by turning the pages of an engaging novel.

- I enjoy having the opportunity to provide children with an experience that allows them to not only enjoy themselves, but also learn and grow as individuals before my own eyes. It is truly rewarding. 

Joseph Guzman

Mentor

Joseph enjoys learning and is currently enrolled at Valencia College. He is currently studying architecture and someday hopes to become an architect to share his passion with the world.

Basketball, soccer, and tennis are some of Joseph's favorite sports to participate in during his spare time. Joseph loves being active with the children he mentors and often takes them to parks to enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

Joseph's favorite part of being a mentor is getting to be a positive role model for children who are missing that part of their life. He takes this role very seriously as he understands how important that is to a developing mind.

Chad Mason

Mentor

While studying at the University of Florida, Chad earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Behavior.

Chad enjoys Jet Skiing, traveling, and playing basketball. He also has an interest in trying new cuisines, promoting health, and tactics of disease prevention.

Chad's favorite part about mentoring children is how it gives him the ability to help someone change their life for the better.

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Shawn Jackson

Mentor

Graduated from The Florida State University with a degree in Psychology.

My hobbies include playing guitar, listening to music, reading, playing sports, being outdoors, learning and socializing with friends and family.

I enjoy attending music concerts of all genres. I am a huge fan of comedy and you can always catch me laughing at a funny joke. I take pleasure in learning about different life philosophies as well as human psychology and behavior. I strongly value my relationship with friends and family alike.

I genuinely enjoy the opportunity to be a mentor for the youth. I take pleasure in being a positive role model for the kids I mentor. I feel I learn as much from them as they do me.

I plan on pursuing my Master’s Degree in Psychology followed by my Doctorate to eventually become a Behavioral Psychologist.

“Goodness is the only investment that never fails.” – Henry David Thoreau

Jackie Hilton

Mentor

- "The hardest thing in this world... is to live in it. Be brave. Live.” - Buffy Summers from Buffy The Vampire Slayer. This goes strongly with another thing I love to always say, “Sometimes in life we are dealt bad cards. It’s up to us to choose not to play those cards. We have to be brave and fight the challenges of this world. If we fall, we have to brush our knees off and continue moving forward, never looking back.”

Education – school and degree (include education goals): I received my Bachelor’s in Mass Communications with the emphasis in Broadcast Journalism and Marketing in 2016 from Husson University. I was a television news reporter for WVII/WFVX for two years until I discovered my true passion; to help encourage kids to overcome the challenges in their lives. I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Social Work to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Florida Atlantic University starting in the fall of 2018.

Hobbies: I love learning French, often leading me to travel to my hometown in Montreal, Canada. I love talking to people and getting to know who they are, I believe everyone has a story just waiting to be told.

Interests: I regularly attend and enjoy going to church, volunteering in my community and, serving others. I enjoy training my dog and two parrots. You can typically catch me drinking coffee, hanging out with my family or gaming with my wife.

What you enjoy about mentoring: I love being able to meet kids with extraordinary stories and unique personalities. I believe that these kids have the ability to change the world but all they need is a little encouragement and somebody in their corner rooting for them. I love being the person that says to these kids, “I believe in you or, I got your back.” Whether it’s playing sports or trying new activities, no two days are the same and you can definitely expect to 

Marlon Akbar

Mentor

“Act like the person you want to become.”

- John C. Maxwell

-Graduated from St. Josephs Academy High School

-Associate of Arts Degree from Daytona State College

-Currently studying Emerging Media Management at UCF

In pursuit of becoming a successful and world-renowned entrepreneur.

-Reading, Studying Topics of Interest, Rock Climbing, Working Out.

Psychology, Communication, Astronomy, Ecology, Culture, Entrepreneurship, Fitness & Athletics, Nutrition.

-To me, mentoring is more than just teaching people how to learn and grow from their occurrences. It’s about giving individuals a figure of inspiration of which they aspire to become. It’s about providing people with ears to listen, words of encouragement and motivation, and the ability to see them not for who they are today but for who they will become when the rest of the world has become deaf, blind and mute. If I am able to implement these characteristics into just a few, then I would consider my life to be an incredible success since it is not entirely just what we do whiles we reside within this world that matters, but what we leave behind for others. The opportunity to be able to make such a profoundly positive impact within the lives of individuals and, in turn, the lives of which they will impact, makes mentoring incredibly enjoyable. 

Our Team


Reginald Josias

Mentor

Bio to be published soon!

Riley Carroll

Mentor

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Xavier Latortue

Mentor

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Zachary Bregman

Mentor

- Perspective is key!

-Park Vista Community High School Class of 2017

UCF political science major-prelaw track

- My goal is to go on to law school and get involved with family law so I can continue to help families and kids navigate through a hard time.

- Sports, video games, hanging out with friends and always being social

- Politics, law, and any sort of constructive conversation

- Just like everybody I have had my fair share of family issues, and anxiety and depression that has resulted from it. As a result, I have developed into a very passionate and positive person, and even if I haven’t been through what some of the kids we mentor have, I always try and turn situations in a positive one as well as a learning experience. I like to see that I can make an impact and influence kids with my positive mindset as well as show them that I have the perspective to be able to empathize with whatever they are going through and help find a positive way to navigate whatever these kids are feeling. I always say there are no regrets in life, just things that we can do better and improve on. This positive thinking is something that has helped me, and I enjoy seeing the impact this can have.

Dave Willock

Mentor

Bio to be published soon!

Michael Mayoral

Mentor

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David Duque

Mentor

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Justin Smith

Mentor

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Christian Monero

Mentor

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Julio Acosta

Mentor

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Michael Myerson

Mentor

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Trevor Bowman

Mentor

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