THE IRIE FOUNDATION
The Irie Foundation works year round to improve and create a positive impact on the lives of South Florida’s at-risk youth. Through a number of proactive initiatives, we are committed to helping kids get on the right track and strive for successful futures. The Foundation, which is supported by remarkable sponsors and partners, also hosts numerous fundraising events, including the annual Irie Weekend, one of South Florida’s most highly anticipated events of the year. All proceeds go toward Foundation programming, as well as to benefit a number of other local and national non-profit organizations.
DJ Irie / Founder
“I feel very blessed and fortunate for my success, and decided it was time for me to give back to my community in a bigger, more meaningful way. And that’s how the Irie Foundation was born. For me, the satisfaction arrives in the form of smiles on children's faces. It doesn’t get better than that.”
A highly sought after philanthropist, global brand, entertainer and entrepreneur, DJ Irie established the Irie Foundation in an effort to provide South Florida’s troubled youth with opportunities they may not otherwise have available to them. Calling Miami home, DJ Irie has – and continues to be – a supporter of numerous local and national non-profit organizations, in addition to his active role with The Irie Foundation. By approaching the Foundation with the same unyielding passion, energy and commitment that has allowed his career to thrive, Irie and his team continue to expand. In addition to his work in the community, DJ Irie is an international sensation with a contagious enthusiasm and larger-than -life personality.
While he’s certainly a turntable maestro and an authority on electrifying any party, the Irie Music brainchild is no ordinary DJ. Serving as the official DJ of the NBA Champion Miami Heat, Carnival Cruise Lines and superstar Jamie Foxx, as well as brand ambassador to New Era, Heineken, Verizon Wireless and Premier Beverage, the St. Croix native is aligned with many other blue-chip companies, high-profile events and celebrities. Recognized worldwide for his tremendous talent and sharp business acumen, he has picked up numerous accolades, including the Global Spin Awards’ Club DJ of the Year, Charles E. Perry Young Alumni Visionary Award, Grey Goose’s Rising Icon Award and the Southern Entertainment Awards’ Nightclub DJ of the Year. He is a mainstay on “Good Morning America,” and has been featured on “Conan”, “The Early Show”, MTV and E! Entertainment Television, as well as in USA Today, Us Weekly, ESPN The Magazine and countless others.
Kyle Post / Director
As a project manager, he has successfully piloted several municipal and multi-national youth-centric community development initiatives in partnership with JetBlue Airways Corporation, KaBOOM!, South African Airways, and A Spring of Hope. From building a state-of-the-art playground endorsed by Miami Beach’s Mayor Philip Levine - offering safe play spaces for children in a surrounding Section 8 neighborhood - to teaming with the Mandela family in delivering sustainable water sources to over 1600 children in South Africa battling our world’s water crisis, the results of Kyle’s constructive influence are evident through the lasting impact he is creating each day with the footprints of his innovative leadership.
California born, Minnesota raised, and currently by way of South Florida, Kyle Post is a globetrotting service industry professional with the better part of 2 decades experience. Working from the front lines into the front office, his trajectory through the ranks at two of America’s most respected entertainment brands has landed him in a driver's seat at the table propelling the country's best DJ forward. Spanning just shy of 20 years, Kyle's career as a performer and entertainment programmer for Walt Disney World and Carnival Cruise Lines bloomed rather organically into his current Directorship. Tapped in January 2015 as headman at celebrity DJ Irie’s Foundation, Mr. Post offers a unique wealth of experience and a spirit of innovation that fuses the backbones of traditional philanthropy with the power and influence of world class entertainment. His strategic leadership in improving internal and external communication, creating rapid organizational growth, and fostering ongoing operational sustainability, has catapulted Irie Foundation into the top tier of national service organizations. Working closely with leadership from some of the country’s most preeminent businesses, Mr. Post is ushering in a new era of high-level corporate partnership and exponentially expanded outreach for celebrity DJ Irie’s dreams of transforming tomorrow for underserved, under-resourced, at-risk youth.
Bridging the realms of entertainment and philanthropy, Irie Foundation’s Director of Operations and Programs is also making waves as a chief decision-maker on the committee for DJ Irie’s annual weekend long celebrity celebration. Benefiting the foundation’s efforts to transform tomorrow for at-risk youth in the community, this yearly celebration aligns the power and influence of our nation’s most revered entertainers with DJ Irie’s mission to amass opportunities for disenfranchised youth where they did not exist before. Therein, it is precisely Kyle’s ability to capture that scope of vast influence and maximum exposure, converting the focus to crucial social issues that beg our attention for the benefit and betterment of our posterity.