Joshua Calarino- STAR of the Month

The STAR Center will feature young people every month from across the country who are making a difference in their communities and demonstrating extraordinary leadership that you need to know about! Help us make sure young people in your community are recognized and valued by nominating someone today!

This month the STAR Center recognizes Joshua Calarino from Miami, Florida! Check out his story and video!

My name is Joshua Calarino. I was born, raised and currently live in Miami Florida. I currently attend Miami Dade college and am majoring in nursing. During high school I was going through a rough patch. I had lots of stress due to the constant work of school. I did not get to see my mother much, due to her constantly working. I was feeling very down and out. I was very depressed.

I was awarded with SAMHSA's Young Adult Youth Leadership Voice award this year. I have won awards through my work with Youth Move Miami. During my time as vice president we won the Rockstar award for Best Youth Move chapter, at the time ,2014, there were just above 60 chapters in the nation. Also the Federation of Families Miami-Dade chapter was awarded with an ECCO award for the "Yellow bus" in 2014. I really think that any time I can make someones day better or just a little happier it is a great accomplishment. You never now how one small good deed can change someones day, or even change their life. This line of work everything happens slowly. So you need to enjoy the small victories.

I would tell young people to speak up. Get your voice out there. Talk about how things can be better and give ideas on how. Be a leader. Do not be afraid because there are thousands of other youth leaders out there. Our combined voices will make a difference. You will make a difference. That difference will only happen if you make it happen. So no matter what go out there and try to make a change!

To any supportive adults listen to your youth. I do not just mean listen. I mean really listen to them, understand them, see where they come from and how they really have good ideas. If the idea really is not good or not possible explain to them why that is. Teach them. Mentor them. Now they are youth, but soon they will be just like you, a supportive adult. So why not show them the way and hope that the future will be better with them, because you took that time to guide them.