Josh Shipp

Every Kid Is One Caring Adult Away from Being a Success Story

  • Topics:
  • Motivation & Inspiration
  • Parenting & Family
  • Professional Development
  • Audiences:
  • Teachers & Staff
  • Parents
  • Fundraisers

Fee Range: $10K-15K

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At-Risk Foster Kid to Harvard University
Featured by Oprah, NY Times, Good Morning America
Bestselling Author of Several Books
Heartwarming Story & Pragmatic Strategies

Statistically, Josh Shipp should be dead, in jail, or homeless. But his success as a preeminent author, speaker, and youth advocate is living proof of the power of one caring adult.

A former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate, Josh is renowned for the documentary TV series on A&E that followed his groundbreaking work with youth and families.

He has written two national bestsellers to date, “The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans” – winner of the Nautilus Gold Award for Parenting & Family – and “The Teen’s Guide to World Domination.”

Thanks to the support of teachers, counselors, and a wonderful set of foster parents, Josh went on to be listed on Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30 list and completed his postgraduate studies at Harvard.

Josh is regularly called on by OPRAH, CNN, FOX, The New York Times, 20/20, Good Morning America, and others to provide commentary on common challenges faced by parents and teachers.

Over the years, Josh has keynoted events for countless groups of parents, educators, and social workers – with audiences as large as 55,000 – and to date has spoken live in front of more than two million people. Viral clips of his acclaimed presentations have been viewed an estimated 50 million times online through platforms such as UpWorthy, Goalcast, and BuzzFeed.

To serve his ultimate goal of reaching as many youth as possible, Josh trains other speakers through Youth Speaker University, helping them use their own stories to make an impact. His social and emotional learning curriculum, Year of Awesomeness, is in use in hundreds of classrooms all around the world, while his free newsletter offers practical strategies to 200K+ parents, educators, and social workers.

Josh had a challenging childhood, bouncing from one foster home to the next until a small handful of caring adults reached out to him. Now he wants to pass this knowledge on to as many others as he can so that they can be those caring adults for the kids like him in their lives.

As Josh says, “Every kid is ONE caring adult away from being a success story.”


“I've been in education for over 30-years and have sat through a countless number of professional development speakers. Josh Shipp is hands-down the absolute best I've seen. There is no one even a close second; the gap is astronomical. His message is funny, heartwarming, and provides practical tools for our teachers and staff.”
Dr. Joel B. Holland, Superintendent
“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, Executive Producer of OPRAH
“In my 15 years of being in education, Josh Shipp is hands down the best speaker that I have ever seen. I heard rave reviews from parents, staff and students for months.”
Karla Reisner, Veteran Educator
“So moved by Josh’s story, guests made additional donations of more than $90,000 at our fundraiser before the evening’s end.”
Dallas CASA

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