Josh Shipp’s childhood was no fun.
“Foster homes, sexual abuse, teenage drinking,” Shipp said. “I was left in the hospital at birth.”
As an outgoing class clown Shipp said he was often just told to shut up.
“People gave up on me,” Shipp said. “That is what I refuse to do now, give up on a kid.”
Shipp is the first of three speakers scheduled for the Glacier Valley Rotary Club's 2012 Pillars of America Speaker Series.
Shipp grew up in Oklahoma and has lived in California for last 8 years.