Cast your mind back, and try to recall what you were getting up to at the age of 11. We’ll bet you weren’t spending your Sundays offering up ‘emotional advice’ to people in your neighbourhood.


Well, that is exactly what sensitive soul Ciro Ortiz, 11, does in his native New York.


Ciro, from Brooklyn, spends two hours a week at his local subway stand, selling five-minute counselling sessions to busy commuters.


For $2, you get five minutes with Ciro, who brings along two folding-chairs – one for him, and one for his client.



Ciro has been popping up all over social media, with people branding him ‘amazing’ and ‘inspiring’ for his novel idea.


Two people who are certainly very inspired are Ciro’s parents, Jasmine and Adam.


Jasmine told the New York Post: “Ciro is really sensitive and he’s had a hard time. The first day he was out there, he was very nervous and unsure of himself.”


“A few Sundays later, he’s coming back saying, ‘I’ve met so many wonderful people. I’m going to end up having so many friends’,” she added.




While some people may consider it strange for an 11-year-old to be dishing out life advice to grown adults, we reckon he sounds pretty well qualified.


When asked about his ‘message’, Ciro told the Post that he encourages his clients to embrace change.


“It’s going to happen – it’s always going to happen. Life is always changing,” he said, wisely.


Sounds good enough to us!