inviting young people 
to live mission-minded

Ryan Hesslau is a 2x founder and youth empowerment speaker on a mission to help the younger generation recognize the power of their story and the value of their presence.



Ryan Hesslau is the Executive Director of the 501(c)(3) youth development organization ForeverU. Ryan founded the organization in 2012 at the age of 16 years old after the passing of a local high school student who had died by suicide. This tragic event prompted Ryan to begin researching the stories of young people who had lost their battle to similar circumstances. These stories became his motivation to normalize the conversation about mental health in his surrounding communities and create a powerful program model that would help youth who were struggling find the resilience to keep living. 

During Ryan's time leading ForeverU, Ryan recognized that students in his organization did not have an easy or stigma-free way to access their school counselor or vetted support resources. This concerning problem turned his attention to the technology industry, where he founded the startup company Wavely Technologies. Wavely is a wellness support tool that equips students with a comfortable way to access school support staff and verified support resources right at their fingertips. Ryan continues to lead the company today as the Chief Executive Officer.

Outside of his world of social entrepreneurship and being a public speaker, Ryan is also currently a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling student. Scroll down to book Ryan to speak at your next event or school assembly.


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After stepping away from public speaking to focus on building his early-stage ventures, Ryan has recently stepped back into his element on stage as a youth speaker. Ryan specializes in a 60-minute speaking event experience for high school communities that benefit both students and faculty in attendance. If you analyze Ryan's story from the beginning of his journey, one common theme has become the foundation of his work - living mission-minded. Ryan defines living mission-minded as "being aware of the reality that in every room we step into, there is a need to be met, a problem to be solved, kindness to be spread, or a story to be heard." This speaking event experience will provide audience members with practical and applicable tools for living mission-minded at home, at school, and in life.


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