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UTSC student named to Top 20 Under 20 by Youth in Motion

UTSC student Josh Miller founded Louder Than Noise as safe space for students to express themselves creatively. (Photo by Ken Jones)

Having been bullied at school throughout childhood, UTSC student Joshua Miller knew it was important to create a safe space for students to express themselves.

“It was a tough, very isolating time in my life,” says Miller. Understanding countless other youth have similar experiences, Joshua decided to create Louder Than Noise, an online group for kids to express themselves creatively in a safe, non-judgmental environment. 

This year Miller was named to the Top 20 Under 20 by Youth in Motion, a national charitable organization that develops and implements dynamic programs for youth and recognizes young Canadians who have demonstrated a significant level of innovation, leadership and achievement before the age of 20.

Miller grew Louder Than Noise from an virtual group of students from across Canada to an organization with two chapters in Toronto and Ottawa. His goal was to empower the members to raise money and awareness for local charities through volunteerism and showcasing their art in front of an audience. The range of performances includes dancing, written and spoken word, poetry, hip-hop and other forms of live music.

Miller is entering his second year in UTSC’s Honours Arts Management program. He hosted the first Louder Than Noise show at UTSC this past January and says he looks forward to planning more events on campus during the upcoming semester.

Miller’s passion for community work also extends to local politics where he represents more than 20,000 youth at City Hall serving as City Youth Councillor for Ward 44 Scarborough. His advice for young people is to keep searching for what interests them about and to get involved.

“If you are on the fence about volunteering or helping out in the community just turn to what you are passionate about. Focus on the things you want to change for the better,” he says.

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