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Making Others Smile through Service

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Josie Grant is a high school senior, and the current Capital District Division 9 Lieutenant Governor for Key Club International, the Kiwanis International program for high school students. Josie has been dedicated to serving others in her community, and beyond, her entire life. At age 13, she founded Josie's Smiles for Pediatrics, coordinating donations to the Pediatric Unit and Family Birthplace at Carroll Hospital Center.

Josie GrantJosie Grant is being honored as a Champion of Change for her Kiwanis International service. 


Here is who I am: just a girl trying to make a difference in the world. Motivated because of my young cousin with Goldenhar Syndrome, I sat down with my mother, at age 13, and developed the idea of my foundation, Josie's Smiles for Pediatrics, in hopes of making pediatric patients SMILE! I began with my own money to purchase items for patients. I continue to contact individuals, and local and national businesses, to encourage them to make donations to the Pediatric Unit and Family Birthplace at Carroll Hospital Center. Through my endeavor, I have coordinated donations of more than $26,000. Through Key Club, my foundation was able to expand to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, adding $2,000. I hope to add to that total this year, as we work together again to donate more toys and other essentials for pediatric patients and their families.

I have accumulated more than 1,000 community service hours since the summer of 2006. During middle school, I spent two years volunteering at Lorien Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, helping the elderly. I also helped young children at a local daycare. I have walked for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in both Maryland and Indiana in honor of my aunt. I have helped out for four years at Maryland Brain Injury Association’s Eat-A-Peach, walked for Leukemia and Lymphoma, and Diabetes, along with many more community service efforts. I devote my free time to making a difference. I live by a quote from Harriet Tubman: Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

I have maintained honor roll since elementary school, even while taking accelerated, honors and Advance Placement classes. I was my high school’s Key Club treasurer and president. Now I am a Capital District Division 9 Lieutenant Governor in charge of 15 western Maryland Key Clubs. I have attended Key Club District Convention three years in a row, along with a Key Leader leadership weekend, and a Key Club International convention. I am also an active participant in my school’s science club. Currently, I am class representative for Carroll County Career and Technology Center’s SkillsUSA. I was an active member of S.H.O.U.T. (Students Helping Others while Understanding Themselves) and Culture Club in middle school. In addition, I was a member of my high school freshman basketball team and participated in martial arts training for one year.

Following high school, I plan to attend college and major in nursing to become a neonatal nurse, hoping to work in a stage 5 NICU, becoming just a woman trying to make a difference in the world—starting from the very first minutes of babies’ lives.

Josie Grant is a high school senior, and the current Capital District Division 9 Lieutenant Governor for Key Club International, the Kiwanis International program for high school students