Our Mission

Helping youth discover meaning for their life.

Our Mission

ForeverU is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that empowers youth to overcome adversity by offering personal development camps, retreats, and after-school programs that equip them to face life's greatest challenges and obstacles.

As a high school sophomore, Ryan Hesslau founded the organization after researching the stories of students his age who had died by suicide because of 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. 

Disclaimer: ForeverU is classified as a youth development organization. Please know that our volunteers, employees, and representatives are not medical professionals. We are a community of individuals who are passionate about offering support and belonging to youth challenged by adversity. The information and programs we provide are meant to encourage and support students and is not meant to replace the advice or expertise of medical professionals.

Everything we do focuses on the three core areas found below.

Our personal development programs help students grow their emotional intelligence, accelerate their character development, and ignite an internal desire for personal achievement.

Emotional Intelligence
Character Development
Personal Achievement

Board of Directors

Ryan Hesslau

Founder & Executive Director of ForeverU, Founder & CEO of Above the Waves Inc. 

 

Amber Schnepp

School Psychologist at Bradley Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School.

 

Christian Perry

Founder, Speaker & Youth Empowerment Coordinator at Grind Grately. Director of Community Affairs & Engagement for Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller 6th District

Rick Hamilton

Former business professional at the Health Management Associates, the Illinois Hospital Association, the Michigan Hospital Association and Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center. He is now retired and resides in Grand Rapids, MI.

Erik Maranto

Development Manger at American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago

 

Claudia Hesslau

Event Coordinator and Committee Member at ForeverU.

 

Dr. Shaniqua Jones

Dean of Students at Chicago Collegiate Charter School, Author, Speaker, Restorative Justice Practitioner.

 

Richard Hesslau

Senior Project Designer at Sargent & Lundy LLC - Nuclear Division.

 

Kendra Zantingh

Internship Specialist & Professor of Human Resources at Trinity Christian College.

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Disclaimer: ForeverU is classified as a youth development organization. Please know that our volunteers, employees, and representatives are not medical professionals. We are a community of individuals who are passionate about offering support and belonging to youth challenged by adversity. The information and programs we provide are meant to encourage and support students and is not meant to replace the advice or expertise of medical professionals.