Briefs: Miami Beach Youth Receives Award

A Miami-grown hero

Before he turned 5, Joshua Williams started working to change the world by feeding the hungry. He then founded Joshua’s Heart Foundation to collect donations and “stomp out world hunger.”

Now 14, the Miami Beach boy has grown his foundation into a force with more than 2,200 volunteers and 51 board members, and he has inspired others to start their own clubs to fight against hunger.

His foundation does other work in South Florida as well, most recently hosting a book drive in Broward and Miami-Dade counties and a Global Youth Service Day at Miramar Elementary.

His work hasn’t gone unnoticed. In 2013, Williams was named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, where he met Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey.

And last month, Williams was named a Hasbro Community Action Hero for his incredible volunteer efforts. He traveled to Los Angeles to accept his award and scholarship money at the generationOn event at Fox Studios in L.A.

Joshua’s Heart Foundation has more work planned, including a Canstruction Junior event to highlight STEM learning at Westfield Broward mall in the fall. Learn more about Joshua’s Heart Foundation at joshuasheart.org.

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