Joshua helps to steward the work of GenUp as a whole, and is accountable for finance, operations, organizational governance, leadership & community empowerment, partnerships, Thrive Leadership & Hub program coordination, trainings, and WakeUp program coordination.
“I grew up in the heart of mainstream, middle-class American culture in the suburbs of Washington, DC. As I awoke in my adolescence to the state of our world, I went “mad” and set out in search of deeper meaning. For years I traveled and worked in California, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawai’i. In my early twenties, I went through a personal transformation that altered the course of my life: I saw clearly the pivotal role that our generation is being called to play in creating a thriving, just, and sustainable world for all. Supporting young people creating positive change has become the passion and purpose I wake up committed to every day.”
Joshua designed a major called “Global Youth and Social Change” at George Mason University. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Youth Action Network/TakingITGlobal-US and supports youth-led projects around the world. In 2008, he co-founded Global Passageways, a network of individuals and organizations working in the fields of youth and community development, contemporary rites of passage, intergenerational mentoring and collaboration, and cultural renewal. He is a lifelong student of human development and transformational education with a focus on providing young people the experiences, knowledge, and skills they need to thrive in the twenty-first century. Currently he is at work completing a book titled Generation Waking Up: How A New Generation Of Young People Is Coming Of Age And Changing Our World.