We had the good fortune of connecting with Julio E. Calderon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Julio E., can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“We Don’t See Things As They Are, We See Them As We Are” Rabbi Shemuel.

I think that every thought, idea, or intention comes from our own lived experiences, and even though we might agree with someone, it doesn’t mean we can see things the same way they see them. So, even the idea of love for ourselves might not mean the same to someone else.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I first arrived in the United States at the age of 16. I started working in construction just two months after arriving!

I also worked as a cashier, which helped me pay for my college.

Getting my college degree has been the most challenging step I overcame due to college costs and that I never liked doing homework. Now, every personal assignment has a seven-day deadline! So, things have changed!

The support of organizations like FLIC , the Florida Immigrant Coalition, was crucial and continues to be essential in my life. They opened the doors for me in a professional world I had never understood before. I also learned to do community organizing for the vulnerable undocumented community and data entry key during presidential election years, and it exposed me to mental health, which I needed. They are family.

I’m currently working at Catalyst Miami. I work in what I consider my DREAM job to help communities find systematic ways to create wealth. Financial education is vital, so we are doing this to grow and learn with them. I’m privileged and honored to work with them and the residents of the city of North Miami, who teach me so much every day about their beautiful city.

Getting to this point has been highly challenging but worth it.

I don’t have the space to write down all the names of those who created the village of support I have had. But there is someone who changed the whole route, and her name is Maggie Aguiar, a former Miami Dade College student recruiter. She recruited me to college.

I have learned to appreciate life every day. That has helped me face all the challenges I face. Every day is a new start. Every second has the potential to be a fresh start as well. And that’s what I want to share.

I’m currently working on my biggest challenge, my podcast. I will bring 12 folks and ask questions because I have too many. They have helped me soo much see life differently.

Of course, I recommend it.

It is called reprogrammed, and you can find me on Youtube, Spotify, Apple podcast, or my IG julioxcalderon

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Ok, let’s talk food. I’m originally from Honduras, so Honduran food is a must.

Plus, I like to support local small businesses that are own by Hondurans. My favorite restaurants include:

1) Tradicion las Marias
2) Chicken House
3) Atlakat
4) Versailles
5) Greenstreet Cafe
6) Cafe croissant
7) Glass and Vine

And a lot of other places. I also love coffee, so I usually take folks to “La Colada Gourmet” for some great coffee.

For me, things to do include walking around Coconut Grove, Little Havana, or South Miami. I like to go running or cycling in those areas. I would also recommend a walk around the Brickell area.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to Shoutout to God, family and friends. Also, organizations like FLIC, Catalyst Miami. and all those who provide free mental health resources and support!

And the last one to my son Amir. He is always challenging me to be a better version of myself. I love the fact that we can do that while eating ice cream.

Website: julioecalderon.com

Instagram: @julioxcalderon

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julioecalderon/

Twitter: @JulioECalderon

Facebook: @JulioxCalderon

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/user_details?userid=lvQSjk3f-5qIe3Puw0x5Ng&utm_source=ishare

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2yAdgKmJJR_uHGwPOk7OAw

Image Credits
Credits to Juan Escalante for the picture taken during the press conference at DC.

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