Awards, Proclamations etc

Proclamations & Certificates

  • Certificate of Recognition – City of Miami
  • City of North Miami Proclamation – Joshua’s Heart Foundation Day
  • City of Miami Beach Proclamation – Joshua Williams Day
  • Miami Dade County Certificate for “Global Youth Service Day”
  • Governor of Oklahoma Certificate
  • City of Oklahoma  – Joshua Williams Day March 26, 2013
  • Certificate of Recognition – city of Miami Beach
  • City of Hallandale Beach Proclamation – Joshua’s Heart Foundation Day  – December 4, 2013
  • State of Florida Proclamation – for stomping out hunger

Other Awards or Recognition

  • Marshall – Martin Luther King Jr. Parade 2009
  • Congressional Record  – made in the House of Representatives by the Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen  2010
  • Flag flown over the United States Capital at the request of the Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Member of Congress, in honor of Joshua Williams and his mission to end hunger  2010
  • Inducted into the Fredrick Douglas Hall of Fame in Washington D.C for Caring Americans 2010
  • 4 Year scholarship to Barry University – Sister Linda President of Barry University was impressed with Joshua; she offered him a scholarship 2011
  • Inducted into the Miami Dade County Walter B. Arnold jr. Youth Hall of Fame 2013
  • AT&T Calendar 2014 for African Americans making an impact

National Boards or other

  • Member of the Do Something National Health Advisory Council
  • Judge on the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards National Selection committee (2014)
  • Judge on the MLK Youth Competition Miami Gardens
  • Panelist on White House Champion of Change event
  • Hosted Sodexo Foundation Dinner Along with a Board member


  • Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leader
  • Humanitarian Award – Charmettes
  • Jefferson Award


  • Casimiro Global Foundation Young Social entrepreneur of the year.
  • The Prudential Spirit of Community Award – one of two State of Florida Finalist. Middle School winner for the State of Florida
  • 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Award National  – One of ten young Americans selected for national recognition based on their outstanding achievements in community service.
  • 2013 Hasbro Community Action Hero Semi-Finalist, an award that recognizes outstanding young service leaders presented by Hasbro in partnership withgenerationOn, the global youth service enterprise of Points of Light.
  • Black Entertainment Television (BET)  Shine a Light Honoree 2013 – presented at the BET 2013 awards
  • Jamaica Consul Generals  – Diaspora Special Community Merit Award
  • Project Lomo Award – Logan Morrison Marlins Football player recognized Joshua for his work in the community at the Marlins game.
  • E-Town E-achievement award
  • Peace Prize Finalist
  • Harris Wofford National Award for Youth presented by YSA


  • Black Celebrity Giving (BCG) –  2011 BCG Change-Maker Award
  • Miami Herald Legacy – Youth Award for Black history month
  • Huggable Heroes Finalist – For his selfless devotion to his community and Bearrific efforts on behalf of others
  • Sustainatopia Honors 2012 – Visionary award presented by MTV
  • Afterschool Community Awards  –   National
  • White House Champion of Change – For Strengthening Food Security in the United States. The youngest winner to receive this award
  • Whole Foods Market All Star Award – Given to JHF for contributions to the community.


  • Beliefnet – Readers Choice Most Inspiring Person for 2010
  • Faith & Freedom Award – The youngest person to ever receive this award. Presented by Barry University for his work in the community
  • TheGrio 100 History Makers in the Making – Every February TheGrio looks at the men and women who are making a difference in black communities  across the nation – members of TheGrio’s 100 were chosen for their dedication to service and activism
  • Presidential Volunteer Service Award
  • Chris Evert Hospital Powerful Kid Award – Elementary School level
  • Hard Rock Café & Neighbors for Neighbors – Time cannot be measured for your dedication in the community. 0ne of 40 local heroes honored.
  • The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes – One of 10 finalists. The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Their leadership and courage make them true heroes and inspirations to us all. The goal of the Barron Prize is to celebrate such heroic young people and to inspire others to do their part.
  • The Jubilee Center of South Broward – Humanitarian Award
  • Youth Service America  – National Everyday Young Hero
  • Heroes of the Heart® Gee Whiz Kids® Award –  The Gee Whiz Kids® Award is a category of the Heroes of the Heart® Award program designed to honor exemplary children under the age of 12, who represent the best of their schools and communities, the true heart of America. 2011 Gee Whiz Kids award for providing hope, being an inspiration and enriching lives.


  • Florida Governor’s Points of Light Award – The highest honor that Florida makes to distinguish those among us who serve with their hearts to make our state a better place to live
  • Sodexo Foundation Award – To recognize students who are active in the fight against hunger and poverty in the United States – Joshua was one of 5 youths to win this award from 9,100 applicants.
  • United Way Volunteer Award Finalist
  • Caring Institute Award – Named as one of the Most Caring Youths in America


  • Alliance for Aging Intergenerational Award – For continued support to the elderly in the community
  • Do the Right Thing Award – From the City of Miami, Florida
  • Alzheimer’s Association – For having “the compassion to care” and helping with the “leadership to conquer”
  • Point of Light Award (National) – Honors individuals and volunteer groups that have made a commitment to connect Americans through service to help meet critical needs in their communities
  • Miami Children Hospital “I Make a Difference Award” – Student philanthropic awards honoring students in the Miami community for their amazing efforts in giving back
  • Seventh Day Adventist Church Worldwide Mission Ft. Lauderdale Branch Community Service Award – For service to the community
  • Kohl’s Kids who Care Scholarship ProgramRegional Winner – By reaching out and touching the lives of others, he made his community a better place




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