Josh Shipp


Statistically, Josh Shipp should be dead, in jail, or homeless.

But his success as a preeminent author, speaker, and global youth advocate is living proof of the power of one caring adult. 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 of successful entrepreneurs and attend Harvard University as a postgraduate student.

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.”

Viral clips of his acclaimed speeches have been viewed an estimated 50 million times online through platforms such as UpWorthy, Goalcast, and BuzzFeed.

Coach Clint Pardoe

Clint Pardoe

YSU Lead Coach

Clint Pardoe has taught public speaking at the university level, coached high-earning entrepreneurs, and has been a keynote speaker at various real estate events and conferences.

For over a decade, Clint Pardoe was a popular Speech Communication Instructor at community, state, and private colleges in Northern California. This, combined with being a highly-trained business coach, led him to write The 4 Secrets to College Life Success: How to thrive in your life during and after college. Based upon his book, Clint has spoken at local, regional, and national college events in order to support college students in living more successful academic, personal, and professional lives. In addition, Clint has also spoken at major corporations such as Apple and made a significant impact coaching people in the real estate industry.

EJ Carrion

YSU Coach

EJ is the co-founder & CEO of Student Success Agency an online mentoring platform that connects teenagers to college advising anywhere anytime from their cell phones.

EJ was recently recognized by FORBES magazine as a top 30 entrepreneur under the age of 30. EJ has spoken to over quarter a million people in 43 states and around the world.

Brian Williams

YSU Coach

Brian Williams is on a mission to inspire Kindness movements in schools across the nation. His message is one that calls students to action and creates measurable change in each school he visits. He is energetic, funny and gets students to think outside-the-box on how they can create a ripple of positivity within their school.

• Spoken to over 250,000 students
• Documented over 500,000 acts of kindness
• 4th degree black belt
• Inspires kindness movements across the world

David Flood

YSU Coach

David’s humorous and genuine speaking style empowers students with social and emotional skills while teaching them the crucial life skills of dignity and respect.

David’s start as a youth speaker comes from personal experience; he grew up impacted by addiction in his family; he married and became a father of two children, his oldest son has special needs; he is active in his church; he is a hospice volunteer who visits with terminally ill patients; and is on the board of KIDS Plus, a non-profit organization which helps special needs children through sports and other activities.

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