Josh Shipp (teen expert)

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Josh Shipp
Josh Shipp in 2010
Born Joshua Shipp
(1982-01-20) January 20, 1982 (age 34)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Occupation Youth Advocate
TV Host
Youth Motivational Speaker
Years active 1998–present

Josh Shipp (born January 20, 1982) is an American youth advocate, youth motivational speaker, best-selling author, and TV show host.[1] He is often referred to as "The Teen Whisperer."[2] Josh began professionally speaking at age 17. He was president of Oklahoma DECA in High school. Starting in 2005, he was selected as a spokesperson for National Foster Care Month. On November 1, 2006, he launched and then wrote an advice column for CosmoGIRL! and was a contributor on MTV's Total Request Live. His current projects include two television shows and a video series covering life skills for teenagers. In 2009 he was named to INC Magazine's 30 under 30 of successful entrepreneurs. [3] Shipp is the founder of Youth Speaker University, which trains aspiring speakers in the education market.[4]

He has lectured at Harvard, Stanford and other major universities, as well as spoken to over two million students and parents at events such as Count Me In, the National FFA, Ohio FCCLA and SADD Conventions.[5]

Shipp has starred in two documentary-style television series, Jump Shipp.[6] In which he helped twenty-somethings stuck in dead-end jobs pursue their dream job.[3] And Teen Trouble which aired on Lifetime[4] and A&E. This show documented Shipp's work with at-risk teens and is executive produced by Ellen Rakieten (formerly of The Oprah Winfrey Show).

He has contributed to Good Morning America, Oprah, 20/20, MTV, CNN, The New York Times and many other media outlets.[7]

Shipp has authored two books The Teen's Guide to World Domination was released by St. Martins Press August 17, 2010[8] and his upcoming book Jump Ship: Turn Your Passion into a Profession.[9]

Shipp is represented by the United Talent Agency and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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