The founder of Shape the Sky
“Kids have the knowledge to use the technology, but sometimes lack the wisdom to use it responsibly. Adults have the wisdom to be responsible users, but sometimes lack the knowledge to use technology. My goal is to connect knowledge with wisdom.”– Ryan Klingensmith
Ryan Klingensmith, LPC, NCC, is the founder of Shape the Sky. He began his career in 1994, working for an inpatient psychiatric hospital with teens diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Mr. Klingensmith’s primary focus was working with youth struggling with bipolar, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harming and suicidal behaviors. He continued his work for the next 16 years in residential treatment facilities, teen shelters and group homes for children and teens with mental health disorders.
In 2010, Mr. Klingensmith started providing outpatient mental health therapy for youth. He also began working in Student Assistance Programs (SAPs) in middle schools and high schools, helping to identify at-risk students and provide them with mental health and anti-drug/alcohol services. In his work with SAPs, Mr. Klingensmith began classroom prevention presentations. It was during this time that he experienced the effect that youth social media culture had on the students, both in private practice and within schools. This led Mr. Klingensmith to see the need for comprehensive and ongoing education about social media for students, school personnel and parents.
With the recent advent of cellular technology and student social network use, the need to educate parents, school staff and mental health staff to the trends of youth social media use became a primary focus of his research. With his background in mental health and his love of social media and gadgetry, he developed training programs to inform and enlighten adults of the trends with teen use and misuse of technology. The goal of the training is to help adults educate and provide guidance for their youth, with the goal of creating a digitally responsible culture among today’s Screenagers.
Mr. Klingensmith is a graduate of Penn State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Mr. Klingensmith is the author of several books related to teenage trauma and is a sought after speaker at both state and national levels on smart social media usage.