Josh Shipp: The Power of One Caring Adult

Josh Shipp has a pretty amazing story and is known for his really great advice for teens on, well — just about everything! MTV called his series “Hey! Josh” the Dear Abby for teens.

Full disclosure: Josh is a friend, so I know he’s too modest to list off his many accomplishments. But that doesn’t mean I can’t brag on him!

“Teen’s Guide to World Domination” by Josh Shipp

Josh is the author of the national bestseller “The Teen’s Guide to World Domination“ and he also was featured in the documentary TV series Teen Trouble (A&E) which followed his ground-breaking work with teens.

Josh has spoken at universities such as Harvard, Stanford, MIT & UCLA and to over TWO MILLION students around the country.

He is a recognized teen expert for media outlets as MTV, CNN, FOX, The New York Times, 20/20, and Good Morning America. And Oprah. (Yes, that Oprah.)

Growing Up Josh

As a kid, Josh was passed around the foster care system, he was the class clown, a trouble maker. He was written off, kicked out, and labeled every parents worst nightmare.

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

Yet, after being placed in yet another foster home, Josh finally found an adult who refused to give up on him which eventually changed everything.

“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

Recently, Josh gave a TED talk which serves as a call to action for all adults to intentionally invest time with a kid. Your kid. Your neighbor. Your nephew.

Take 15 minutes out of your day to watch and listen to Josh share his story. Learn how you can be the caring adult that changes the life of a kid.

WATCH: Every Kid is ONE Caring Adult Away From Being a Success Story

The Power of a Supportive Adult

In March 2015, Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child released a study saying, “Every child who winds up doing well has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult.

“Remember this: When kids don’t talk out, they will act out.” --Josh Shipp

Maybe this child is 9 and in your Boy Scout Troop. Maybe she’s your 13-year-old step-daughter. Maybe he’s 15 and lives in your neighborhood. Whoever it may be, you have the power to make a positive and significant difference in their lives.

As Josh says, “Do for ONE kid — what you wish you could do for ALL kids.

How to Be THAT Caring Adult

It’s this simple…

Step 1: Find out what they’re into.
Step 2: Spend time doing what matters to them b/c they matter to you.
Step 3: Your investment of time will lead to influential conversations.

If you’re interested in learning more about mentoring or finding a kid who needs a mentor, Josh has pulled together some resources:

Be There Now

Be there for a kid in your life, and let them know that you see them and want to help them achieve their true potential. Even if they can’t see it, you can be their eyes.

Be the adult that shows them the stars and provides them with the support and belief that they can achieve their dreams.

Be that one caring adult — that person who changes a kid’s life with a simple, caring act.

It starts with you, it starts with me, and it starts now.

Connect with Josh Shipp

Twitter/JoshShipp | | FB/JoshShipp | YouTube/JoshShipp

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Kids & Teen Culture, Content & Community Strategist | Kidtech Privacy | Author “Gen Z Frequency” | Kid/Teen Mental Health + Digital Wellbeing

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