Josh Shipp

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

  • Topics:
  • Parenting & Family
  • Professional Development
  • Youth Development
  • Audiences:
  • Middle & High School
  • Parents & Teachers

Fee Range: $8K-10K

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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 is now a postgraduate student at Harvard himself, further honing his skills in persuasive communication.

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.”


  • [EDUCATORS & STAFF] The Power of One Caring Adult: Josh Shipp was a foster kid, class clown, a trouble maker. He was written off, kicked out, and every adult’s worst nightmare. Until one caring adult changed everything.
  • [CHILD WELFARE FUNDRAISERS] Be The One: Statistically, Josh Shipp should be dead, in jail, or homeless. His heartwarming story is living proof of the impact of one caring adult.
  • [STUDENTS] Embrace Your Awesomeness: Josh’s entertaining speaking style immediately grabs the attention of even the most distracted or difficult students. It’s not a lecture. It’s a practical message delivered with heart and humor.
“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
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