Meet Ryan Hesslau
Ryan Hesslau serves as the President & Executive Director of the 501(c)(3) youth development organization ForeverU. As a high school sophomore, Ryan Hesslau founded ForeverU in 2012 after researching the stories of students his age who had died by suicide due to life circumstances that went unseen. Their stories became his motivation for developing a creative solution to ensure that youth who were struggling had the resilience to keep living.
Today, the organization is empowering youth to overcome adversity by offering personal development programs to 7-12 grade students that equip them to face life's greatest challenges and obstacles.
Ryan is also the CEO of the technology company Above the Waves which he founded during his junior year of college in 2017.
The company is helping high schools and universities better manage the daily needs of their students through student management technology that bridges the gap between students and available support services.