Starting his YouTube channel in 2011, he has built a mass following of middle school and high school teens looking for advice in different areas of their life: self worth, relationships, academics and family.
Josh is also the digital media specialist at Hapara, designing digital media campaigns for teachers and school leaders in the education technology space. His videos and content has been featured in prominent marketing publications and has also been used in many different schools across the country.
With the goal of reaching 1,000 schools across the nation, Josh hopes to speak to students directly to teach the values of compassion, mindfulness and confidence to young teens and adults so that they can become their own best self.
The more I learn about children, the more fascinating and complex I realize they are. However the advice that a child often receives is to “be yourself” and things will work out fine.
“Children deserve better, children need better.” – Mr. Rogers
When someone tells you to “be yourself”, it can be hard to figure out what that means. What I want to encourage teens to do is to become their best self. Your best self is all your positive qualities rising to the surface to help you become the confident person you are deep inside.
Practicing compassion, mindfulness and confidence can help you understand the challenges in your life and convince your inner voice to say “I am here. I understand. I can do this.”
That is why I want to dedicate my life to making videos to inspire teens, giving them a place where they can safely ask questions, create step-by-step courses to coach them and to speak to them in-person at their school.
When I think of a person that could resonate with children and adults of all ages, someone that could make them feel special inside and realize they are capable of being loved and loving as well; I think of Fred Rogers.
After reading many books on the legacy of Mr. Rogers, I have come to learn that he was a kind and gentle soul that understood that children needed someone to listen to them, to take their concerns about life seriously and to know that they would never be judged, only understood.
A mentor for generations all over the world, Thich Nhat Hanh has helped many practice the skills of patience, mindfulness and being. With a simple and gentle approach to compassion, Master Thay has shown the importance of connecting with others and being grateful for this present moment.
I have learned a lot through Master Thay’s teachings, to develop compassion towards others, to carry a vegan lifestyle and to be mindfully aware of each step. He has taught me that in living in the now, I can help others live in the now as well.