We Are Shape the Sky

Our mission is simple: We help parents and professionals create responsible children online. We believe that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” when it comes to educating our youth around responsible technology use. If we don’t start the conversation now, our youth could make mistakes on social media in the future.


The Founder of Shape the Sky

Ryan Klingensmith, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), is the founder of Shape the Sky. Ryan started his career in 1994, where he worked at an inpatient psychiatric hospital for teens diagnosed with a mental health disorder. He also worked in residential treatment facilities, teen shelters, and group homes for children and teens. In 2010, Ryan began providing outpatient mental health therapy for youth, and he also began working in Student Assistance Programs (SAPs) in Pennsylvania to present about drug and alcohol prevention. When he was working with middle school and high school students, he noticed the mistakes and misuse of social media. Shape the Sky was born when he identified a need for comprehensive, ongoing education about social media for parents, school personnel, law-enforcement and mental health providers. 

With technology and social media usage growing, the need to educate invested adults is growing too. With Ryan’s background in mental health and knowledge of social media, he developed a series of training programs to inform adults about current youth culture online, the mental health implications of social media, and general misuse of technology by kids and teens. Once they have a better awareness and understanding of what’s happening online, adults can use their wisdom to keep kids safe.

Who We Are

Connecting Knowledge and Wisdom

Our goal is to connect knowledge and wisdom to create safe and responsible children online and on digital devices.

We provide parents, teachers, counselors and other professionals with an insider’s view of the internet and social media, so they know how to start the conversation. Our goal is to have children and adults connect, share, and learn together to bridge youth knowledge of technology with adult wisdom of using it responsibly. 

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“Kids have the knowledge to use 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.”

Founder, Ryan Klingensmith

Our Values

Shift The Paradigm

There’s a disconnect between how adults think children use social media and how they actually use it. This is where Shape the Sky comes into play. We are a hub of information that offers an inside look at the world of social media, so you can teach children how to be responsible and stay safe online.

Invest In Our Youth

Creating responsible children on smartphones requires a community that is invested in its youth. Shape the Sky offers free online resources to provide parents, educators, counselors, law enforcement, and others with the tools to navigate the digital world in which our children are immersed.

Engage the Youth

In addition to having a community invested in creating responsible children on smartphones, it also takes children inspiring others to get involved. That’s why we share youth curated resources that align with our mission to inspire others to join the conversation.

Megan Hoffman, M.Ed.

"The talk Ryan gave at our in-service a few years ago was the best professional development I have had in 17 years of education." Megan Hoffman, M. Ed. School Counselor - Cannon McMillan School District

Andrea S. Okonak, M. Ed

"The Shape the Sky presentation by Ryan Klingensmith is extremely informative and relevant. He has presented at our school twice now and each time had the most updated research and material to share. His presentation style makes these important topics easy to understand whether you are tech-savvy or not. We look forward to working with Ryan again in the future and would highly recommend Ryan/his program!" Andrea S. Okonak, M. Ed Head of School - Penn-Mont Academy

Deanna Othites

"I first heard Ryan Klingensmith speak at a community event several years ago. As a parent and school counselor, I was very impressed by his knowledge and dedication to educating parents about social media. Technology moves at such a quick pace that most adults usually are not as savvy with the new social media trends. Ryan gives not only real-life examples, but also preventative advice and suggestions to help parents and caregivers guide their children throughout this process of learning. Our school district was fortunate to have him speak at our Open House this year. I have also heard Ryan speak at PSCA Conferences and always find his presentations to be informative!" Deanna Othites School Counselor - Shenango Junior/Senior High School

Michel M. Keller

“Shape the Sky has been so amazing to work with. I have had the pleasure to work with Ryan for the last 4 years on many projects. The information he has been able to provide to our clients, employees and the community is always an eye opener to those that work with children and young adults. His information is always updated. Just when I feel like I know it all about current technology trends, Shape the Sky comes out with new material to watch for. It has been a huge help both professionally and personally.” M Michel M. Keller Vice President of Education and Workforce Development- Private Industry Council

Brian Bornman

“Ryan’s program was informative and up to date. His presentation style makes the materiel easy to understand, even for those of us who are not exactly tech-savvy. This is important information to have for anyone working with youth and for parents. Knowing how your kids are using technology will help parents and caregivers keep kids safer." Brian Bornman, Esq. Executive Director-PA Children and Youth Administrators
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Shape the Sky offers high-quality educational training sessions related to social media use, mental health, and related trends. We design the training sessions to meet the organization/event specific needs and objectives.

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