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josh-shippthe guy they trust with their biggest problems.

His name is Josh Shipp and he's sweeping the country dishing out advice with an attitude on his popular video podcast at . Now he’s coming to San Diego next weekend!

On Saturday, October 3, 2009, the California Jumpstart Coalition has invited the nationally acclaimed youth motivational speaker, Josh Shipp, to speak at its fourth annual Financial Fitness Fair to be held at Junior Achievement of San Diego in Mission Gorge.

This modern, self-help guru can be found dispensing his own brand of wit and wisdom in cyberspace, in books, at conferences, and to packed audiences of appreciative students in high school auditoriums across the country. Listen to him for just a few minutes and you will get it, too. Josh offers up a healthy dose of what he calls “advice with an attitude.” He counsels teenagers on everything they care about and it’s all done in a youth-friendly, humorous tone that is more hilarious survival guide than preachy sermon. Simply put teens totally get Josh Shipp.

Each year Josh Shipp travels the country speaking to over 100,000 teens sending a message that boosts the self esteem and promotes a positive outlook on life. Using modern day communication vehicles such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, podcasts, ebooks, websites and blogs, Josh continues to engage his audience, even after he’s left the building. His newest venture, the “Hey Josh” video podcast is exploding onto the scene and tens of thousands of teenagers worldwide are tuning in each week.


Josh certainly knows a thing or two about survival. Abandoned and abused as a child, he was able to triumph over the tragedy. He attributes his personal growth to the support of a great foster family, dynamic teachers and enriching school programs that opened his eyes to his true potential. Josh is someone who has decided to commit his life to helping others achieve their goals.

Although Josh is still in his early 20s, you wouldn’t know it from his résumé. He’s written books, shared the stage with Bill Cosby, and hosted a reality TV show. For the past seven years, this San Francisco Bay area resident has toured the world as a successful motivational speaker sharing his inspirational words with more than one million people.

Josh Shipp’s speaking career began in Edmond, Oklahoma at age 17 when he began serving as a member of DECA, a national student leadership organization. He joined the group, by his own admission, because he heard it was an easy class, he could get out of school an hour early, and they served cookies. Shipp later became the DECA state president and he quickly adapted to the spotlight by speaking at pep rallies, workshops and local conferences. He gained a reputation for making audiences both laugh and think, and he continues to build on that with nationwide appearances.

For more information on Shipp, visit his website at . Shipp now makes his home in the San Francisco Bay Area.



The Financial Fitness Fair hosted by the California Jump$tart Coalition is sponsored by Chase Bank, Junior Achievement of San Diego and Imperial Counties and other local community and financial education organizations.

Parents and their teenage children are invited to attend the free Fair, which will be held from 9:00 AM till 3:00 PM at Junior Achievement’s BizTown location at 4756 Mission Gorge Place in San Diego. There is no cost to attend the event.

Karen Anderson of CA Jump$tart says, “The Financial Fitness Fair is going to be fun, informative, and interactive. Parents and their kids are going to get a lot out of this. Teens really want to understand how to be smart about money. I would encourage every parent with a teen to spend one Saturday together to help get your kids off on the right foot financially.”

A lunch buffet and morning snacks will be provided and are included at no charge. Parents are encouraged to register for the event as soon as possible to reserve a space. Registration closes at noon Friday, October 2, or when we reach capacity.

For more information and to register, go to

CA Jump$tart is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization created in 1999 and dedicated to improving the personal financial education of students throughout California. More information about CA Jump$tart is available at