POSITIVE CHANGE

 

As mentioned in other sections of this website, Josh has emerged as a true leader who trains service dogs for children with special needs, facilitates discussions amongst his peers, and leads by example with his academic endeavors. 

He has been recognized within the prison system for continually wanting to make life better, not only for himself, but also for the people who surround him. This is why Josh was invited to participate in the Global Leadership Summit in 2016. Only 40 young men in the state of Ohio (out of more than 50,000 prisoners) were invited to participate in this 2-day course.

Josh enjoyed the GLS very much. Here you can see him with his neon towel wrapped around his neck. If you would like to read more about this event, please click on the newspaper article (above) to read it in its entirety. Also, find a certificate of completion below: 

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At the Pickaway Correctional Institution, Josh has been recognized for his efforts in the prison's garden. In November of 2018, more than 4,000 pounds of produce have been donated to the Hosack Street Baptist Church Pantry in Columbus, Ohio. The produce is passed out to the homeless or less fortunate. Josh is glad to have a part in something that helps his community. 

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Josh also participates in a variety of other programs. Please take a look at the image gallery below.

Find out more about Josh's positive change behind bars by clicking on any of the green buttons below. 

Joshua's path to academic success was long and arduous. In ninth grade, Josh's reading and writing skills ranged from a 2nd to 4th grade level. Eventually, he dropped out of school. Since his incarceration in 2005, however, Josh received his GED and completed a Paralegal Program with highest distinction. He also completed a class through Xavier University, a program in Psychology and Social Work, and he is currently working on becoming a Canine Specialist. After that, he would like to complete an Associates and Bachelor's Degree through either Adams State University or Ohio University.  

For prisoners, family bonds are extremely important. Josh has participated in The Family is First Project for two years. This program helps inmates establish strong relationships with their families. Furthermore, Josh and Steff have completed a pre-marital correspondence course. After more than 8 years of being together, the two have plans to get married. Steff is a teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio, and owns a home that Josh could come home to. 

So far, Josh has trained more than 40 dogs for 4 Paws for Ability, a non-profit organization in Xenia, Ohio. 4 Paws places service dogs with both veterans and children with special needs. Josh is responsible for potty training and basic obedience. He teaches the dogs to sit, lay down, give paw, etc. He also makes sure that the puppies get plenty of play time. In addition, Josh took care of several staff members' dogs when he was incarcerated at Warren Correctional. 

In his free time, Josh likes to draw and create things out of a variety of materials (such as oil pastels, wood, etc.). He enjoys building jewelry boxes and other items out of popsicle sticks and cedar wood.

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