ForeverU's First Community Empowerment Center


At ForeverU, our current programming provides students with experiences and opportunities that help them recognize the greatness within them by targeting their heart and mind through life-skills focused on emotional intelligence, character development, and personal achievement.  But if we want to begin seeing a balance between youth development and evolving communities, we need to focus on positively shifting their daily environments.


Imagine if the parents, teachers, and other key influencers in the lives of our youth were properly aware and prepared to help nurture the character, outlook, and perspective that we are instilling in the students we serve?


This thought process is the catalyst for our plan to open our first community empowerment center in Will County.


This facility will be run by ForeverU staff and volunteers and serve as a central location for community members to become educated, equipped, and empowered to help us further our mission within the household, in the classroom, and in the community.


With the assistance of local partners, this facility will serve communities in the following ways:

  • Youth Safe Haven: This modernistic facility will provide an engaging and inviting meeting place for students after school hours. Between a complimentary coffee bar, flex-seating, and multi-purpose furniture, students can customize their own experience within our facility.

  • Educational Classes: Through partnerships with behavioral health centers, private practices, universities, and other like-minded organizations, we will provide educational classes at least twice a week that help parents, educators, and other community members acquire the knowledge needed to be responsive to the emotional and mental health of today’s youth. As a youth development organization, we will provide free programs at least once a week that equip and prepare youth for adulthood. These programs will provide students with practical techniques, practices, and strategies that help them elevate their potential in life.

  • Student Programs: As a youth development organization, we will provide free programs at least once a week that equip and prepare youth for adulthood. These programs will provide students with practical techniques, practices, and strategies that help them elevate their potential in life.

  • Certification Programs: In addition to educational classes, these local partners will help us facilitate interactive workshops at least twice a month that will provide community members with the opportunity to gain insight and certification in a wide variety of preventative practices such as suicide prevention and mental health first aid.

  • Training Programs: An important objective of this facility will be to also serve as the primary training center for those interested in volunteering in our programs by offering volunteer training programs at least once a month.

  • Online Courses: One of the most powerful aspects of this facility will be our ability to reach thousands through modern-day technology. Whether we are hosting an educational class on the vaping epidemic or an informative class on youth depression – everything is recorded, edited, and produced right out of our facility, allowing us to feature our classes online and educate a global audience.

The following Local Partners will have the opportunity to collaborate with our mission and facilitate our variety of classes, programs, and workshops offered to community members throughout the week:

  • Schools + Universities

  •  Youth + Family Organizations

  •  Behavioral Health Centers + Private Practices

  •  Public Safety + Local Government

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Become a Founding Partner

Companies, foundations, independent donors who are interested in joining our efforts as a financial partner in opening our first community empowerment center in Will County are encouraged to set up a meeting with ForeverU Executive Director, Ryan Hesslau.

During this time together, you will come to understand the innovative model that we are exploring for local communities when it comes to creating a balance between youth development and evolving communities. All donors who are willing to join our efforts with a financial gift of at least $10,000.00 will be recognized in our facility as well as through all publications as a “Founding Partner”, and also featured at our annual gala as a Presenting Sponsor.


Additionally, if you are a company or organization who would be willing to provide an in-kind contribution or service, we’d love to work with you as well. All in-kind contributors will also be recognized as a “Founding Partner” and featured at our annual gala.

Those interested in bringing in Ryan Hesslau in for a meeting should email him directly at: ryan@foreverumovement.org.

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

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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 experiencing an emotional or situational form of 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.