Student Equity in Action
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Joshua Oh
Tonight, the Board recognizes a sophomore from Crofton High School who is described as “a kind and humble community leader.”
Joshua Oh, co-directs “Kid Changemakers” a non-profit organization he started with his brother while they were in elementary school when they were frustrated by the age restrictions that many volunteer organizations mandate. Their non-profit allows volunteers of all ages to serve adults and children in and around the Crofton community. This year Kid Changemakers is entering its 10th year serving and were recognized this July by the Baltimore Orioles as Bird Land Community Heroes.
Joshua closes resource gaps by directly addressing diaper poverty. He has donated over 200,000 diapers through pop-up pantries. He successfully lobbied to end the diaper tax in Maryland with Senate Bill 316 which Governor Hogan signed into law last year, saving families $12 million dollars a year. Because of these efforts Joshua won the 2023 PRUDENTIAL EMERGING VISIONARIES, SOCIETAL SOLUTIONS Award for his Project: Fighting Diaper Poverty. He was honored at a ceremony in NY City and his face was featured on a billboard in TIMES SQUARE! Seriously, who else can say that? Wow!
He provides a fair, safe, diverse, and inclusive space for youth volunteers to come together to serve. Additionally, through grants and cash donations Kid Changemakers has raised over $100,000 for food insecurity, foster children, and the homeless though its partnership with the Blue Ribbon Project and many other partnerships.
Joshua leads service events including, school supply drives, diaper drives, and collects items for various organizations including snacks, travel size toothpaste, soaps, shampoos, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, menstrual products (which he’s collected over 75,000), and adult diapers, since Medicare does not cover the cost for incontinence briefs and are five times more expensive than baby diapers. He’s also organized sewing events and packing events. Most recently he collected hand crafted scarves and hats for distribution in anticipation of the colder temperatures.
While Josh stays busy organizing and leading these activities. He is also part of his school’s Service Club and is an active member of the AACPS Service Leadership Team. He does all of this while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and playing on the tennis team for Crofton High School. If you are interested in getting involved with Josh and Kid Changemakers, visit www.kidchangemakers.com or visit their Facebook page.
Joshua Oh, we are excited to highlight all of the ways which you give back to the Anne Arundel County Community and hope that this recognition brings even more participation and awareness to your organization. We are proud to recognize you as the December 2023, Student Equity in Action Spotlight. Congratulations!