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.

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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.

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

Dr. Timothy M. Wagner

“The Shape the Sky presentation was an important way for our staff to raise their awareness about profound issues affecting our students.  Ryan Klingensmith’s presentation style blended research-based content with relevant anecdotes in a way that made the information accessible for all.  Adolescent development continues to require the committed support of engaged and informed adults — toward that end, Shape the Sky brings the needs of today’s young people to the forefront.” Dr. Timothy M. Wagner Associate Principal for Program Planning & Innovation of Upper St. Clair High School

Autumn Barry-Kyle

“Ryan Klingensmith does an incredible job of presenting ways for adults to help create responsible kids on social media. His presentation format is so unique that it captivates his audience! In fact, we have invited him twice to our school district for parent presentations.” Autumn Barry-Kyle Altoona Area Junior High Teacher & Parent

Mrs. Laura Bierbower

“I am beyond grateful that we were able to bring Shape the Sky to our community. The information is so important and I love that it is presented in a way that promotes reasonable responses from adults. Too often, our society jumps to the extreme of wanting to ban sites, apps, or devices. Shape the Sky’s mission of teaching responsible behavior is much more realistic and practical within the culture of our youth. The two hour presentation flew by and was packed full of useful information. I highly recommend hosting this event for your community. Your community will definitely benefit from it!” Mrs. Laura Bierbower M.Ed., LPC, Youngsville Elementary Middle School Counselor, K-5

Tracy Schultz, MS

“Shape the Sky provided our behavioral health care providers with a fantastic training. Staff members were astounded by what they discovered regarding the online world of today’s youth.  Ryan’s training style is energetic and he uses real world examples to illustrate the key points of the presentation. Every parent, educator, mental health worker, CYS and Probation staff member and drug and alcohol treatment provider should take this course.” Tracy Schultz, MS Project Manager, Behavioral Health Services of Somerset and Bedford Counties, Inc. (BHSSBC)
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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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