Youth Advocate Josh Shipp was a foster kid, class clown, a trouble maker. He was written off, kicked out, and every parents worst nightmare. Yet Josh has an adult who refused to give up on him which eventually changed everything. This TED talk is a stirring call to action for all adults to intentionally invest time with a kid.
About Josh Shipp
Josh Shipp is a former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate.
His documentary TV series TEEN TROUBLE (A&E) followed his ground-breaking work with teens. He is the author of the national bestseller “The Teen’s Guide to World Domination“, and was listed on Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30 list.
He’s spoken at universities such as Harvard, Stanford, MIT & UCLA.
He is a recognized teen expert for media outlets as MTV, CNN, FOX, The New York Times, 20/20, Good Morning America.
He’s worked with groups of parents, educators & mental health professionals plus has spoken to more than TWO Million teens live.
His ultimate goal is to help as many young people as possible. He trains other speakers through Youth Speaker University and his online mentoring program for teens A Year of Awesomeness has a world-wide reach. His free newsletter offers exclusive strategies to parents, educators, and youth workers.
Josh talks directly to teens about topics that are crucial to success and often difficult to talk about. He talks about all these things in a way that’s entertaining and grabs the attention of even the most difficult teen immediately. It’s a message from someone who’s been there and wants teens to succeed and parents to feel empowered. His style and content are both kid tested and parent approved.
“When it comes to understanding the minds of teens, there is no greater expert than Josh Shipp. I’ve witnessed firsthand the lives he’s transformed.”
—Ellen Rakieten, Emmy Award-Winning Producer of OPRAH
Josh had a challenging childhood and bounced around in many different foster homes, until he had a handful of caring adults reach out to him. He now strives to pass this knowledge on and be that caring adult for kids like him.
Josh says, “Every kid is ONE caring adult away from being a success story.”