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.”


① The Power of One Caring Adult

For Parents, Teachers, and Caring Adults

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. In his trademark playful yet authoritative style, Josh delivers practical ways that your audience can make a difference in a kid’s life.

As a foster kid, class clown, and troublemaker, Josh knows what it’s like to be left out and left behind by almost everyone. And yet, thanks to just one caring adult, he turned his life around and learned to thrive. Equal parts empathy, instruction, and inspiration, this unforgettable talk will move your audience to action.

Learning Outcomes:

• OWNERSHIP: Help kids take ownership when they inevitably mess up.
• COMMUNICATION: Improve communication (on both sides) without nagging.
• TRUST: How to gain (or regain) the trust of even the most skeptical or oppositional kids.
• CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS: Get the kids you care about to open up to you even about difficult or awkward topics.

② Be The One

For Child Welfare Fundraisers

Statistically, Josh Shipp should be dead, in jail, or homeless. His heartwarming story is living proof of the impact of one caring adult.

If you’re looking to compel an audience to donate to your cause, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more heartfelt, inspirational, or authentic speaker than Josh.

Audience members will laugh, cry, and be deeply moved to support your cause.

Learning Outcomes:

• His tear-jerking personal story of hardship as an at-risk foster kid.
• The heart-warming story of Rodney – the one caring adult who changed Josh’s life.
• A direct and personal call to action, by Josh, to invest in your organization so that other kids can have a “Rodney.”

③ Embrace Your Awesomeness

For Students

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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.

There’s no tougher crowd than a group of skeptical or distracted students — and yet this is where Josh shines!

Students listen because he has the humility, empathy and life experience to back up everything he says.

No message will ever capture your students’ attention better than Josh’s sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious dose of reality.

Learning Outcomes:

• Make wiser choices
• Overcome adversity
• Get and stay motivated
• Positively influence their peers
• Deal with bullying in a practical way

“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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