This 11-Year-Old Is Giving Advice To New Yorkers For Only $2 A Session

Can Ciro Ortiz provide the balm to soothe New Yorkers' frazzled spirits?

As winter arrives and the blues set in, New Yorkers in one Brooklyn neighborhood have at least one place they can go to for a pick-me-up. Every Sunday for the past few weeks, 11-year-old Ciro Ortiz posts up in and around the Bedford L subway station and doles out sage advice to those seeking answers to their problems — only for $2 a session, practically a steal by New York City standards. 


Aptly called "emotional advice kid," Ciro counsels people on all sorts of issues. 

According to a recent New York Post profile of Ciro, the middle schooler drew inspiration from his own experiences being bullied at school. His mother, Jasmine Aequitas, told the paper: 

Ciro is really sensitive and he's had a hard time. The first day he was out there [on the subway platform, giving counseling], he was very nervous and unsure of himself. ... A few Sundays later, he's come back saying, 'I've met so many wonderful people. I'm gonna end up having so many friends.' 

On a good day, he rakes in up to $50. Adam Ortiz, his father, told the Post that Ciro uses his money to buy food or snacks for kids at school who can't afford to. "He's not selfish with his money," Ortiz said.

Ciro's fame has risen in recent in weeks, thanks to the heightened media attention. He also has an Instagram account where he posts photos of himself hard at work, as well as pictures of his life and family.

According to the Post, the most common problem he sees in his "clients" is their struggle in dealing with change. "They feel a certain way in the past and when they look [back] in hindsight, they say things were so much better back then," he said. "We have to accept [change]. It's going to happen — it's always going to happen. Life is always changing."

A Plus has reached out to Ciro for comment.


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