Project Summary

My name is Ryan Hesslau and I am a graduate of Lincoln-Way East High School, a recent graduate of Trinity Christian College, and Executive Director of the 501(c)(3) youth development organization, ForeverU. As a high school sophomore, I started ForeverU after researching the stories of students my age who had died by suicide due to life circumstances that went unseen. Their stories became my motivation for developing a creative solution to ensure that youth who were struggling had the resilience to keep living.

Today, ForeverU is empowering youth to overcome adversity by offering personal development camps and day-time retreats that equip them to face life's greatest challenges and obstacles.

Since 2014, 92% of our program participants have seen an increase in their emotional intelligence, 86% have experienced an increase in their self-esteem, and 95% believe they’re becoming closer to the person they hope to be. As a result of this remarkable traction, we have developed a powerful network of community partners (such as Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital and the Safe Communities Coalition of New Lenox) who have agreed to help us reach a greater number of youth and families in the coming years.

That being said, we are excited to announce that we are setting out to open a youth empowerment center in New Lenox, IL with the purpose of offering life-readiness programs to 7-12 grade students and providing community members with a central location to become educated on youth behavioral health and wellness.

We are currently looking for local community leaders, business owners, and youth mental health advocates to join us on this journey of creating a positive shift within our local communities and help youth find their place in the world. If you would like to join my efforts as a financial partner in the development of this facility or serve as a community advocate by helping us get connected to new networks, I’d love to have to sit down with you to speak more about my vision. Together, we can help students excel in all areas of life.

Stay Awesome,

Ryan Hesslau

Founder | President & Executive Director, ForeverU


Statement of Need + Project Description

Our current program model provides students with life-changing experiences and opportunities that help them understand the greatness within them by growing their emotional intelligence, accelerating their character development, and igniting an internal desire for personal achievement. Though this is a powerful aspect of our organization , a problem we’ve recognized through the years is that many of the daily environments our students find themselves in are not well equipped to be responsive to youth behavioral health and wellness.

We are excited to announce that ForeverU will be moving forward with a plan to open its first youth empowerment center in Will County this August which will offer the following classes and programs to youth, parents, and community members. Each of the offered classes and day-time retreat will be capped at (32) participants.

Life-Readiness Classes

Life Transitions

Stress Management

Job Interview Etiquette

Resume Building

Public Speaking



College Search Basics

Student Loan Basics

Personal Finance

Physical Wellness

Nutrition Planning

Parental Classes

Parenthood 101

Youth Anxiety

Youth Depression

Youth Substance Abuse

Youth Behavioral Trends

Certification Classes

Mental Health First Aid

Suicide Prevention

Narcan Training

Non-ForeverU Members will have to pay an enrollment fee per class. To become a ForeverU Member, students must participate in at least (1) overnight camp experience.

Local youth registered to attend a future camp will have free-access to our day-time retreats and our in-house peer support program offered through the center.

Drop-In Hours: Monday – Friday | 2pm – 7pm

(For ForeverU Members Only)

​​The following Community Partners will have the opportunity to collaborate with our mission and volunteer their time in facilitating our different classes, programs, and workshops offered throughout the week:

  • Schools + Universities

  • Youth + Family Organizations

  •  Behavioral Health Centers + Private Practices

  •  Public Safety + Local Government

Financing the Project

Since the early stages of development for this facility, a primary objective in its establishment had been to make this a community supported facility through financial partners who consist of local corporations, foundations, independent donors, and in-kind contributors. In doing so, we believe this will instill a unique sense of purpose and meaning throughout the surrounding areas by providing these financial partners with the opportunity to support a local initiative and make a difference right at home.


We currently have a team ready to assist with the build out process which will be completed in partnership with local business and in-kind contributors. We predict that once we gain momentum by opening the doors to this youth empowerment center, community members and prospective financial partners will see our vision unfold and be quick to join our efforts as we set out to create a long-lasting impact in the lives of local youth and families.

Become a Financial Partner

Companies, foundations, and organizations who are interested in joining our efforts as a Financial Partner are encouraged to set up a meeting with ForeverU Executive Director, Ryan Hesslau. During this time together, we will introduce you to the history of ForeverU, our innovative program model, and how your financial supports is helping us create a balance between communities and youth behavioral health. With each financial gift, we divide it into (3) key categories that allows your contribution to assist multiple aspects of our organization.

 Signature Partner Partner: $5,000.00/semester

  • Company Featured on ForeverU Website for 1 Semester

  • Company Featured on All Program Monitors and Materials for Entire Semester

  • Company Featured on ForeverU Social Media Announcing Partnership

  • Company Logo Watermark Featured on All Social Media Posts for Entire Semester

  • Company Receives a Website Badge that Recognizes Company as a ForeverU Partner

  • Company Featured on Signage in Youth Center for Entire Semester

  • Company Employees Receive Free Membership to All Parent Education Programs

  • Company Recognized on All Signage at ForeverU’s Annual Gala

Premiere Partner: $3,000.00/semester

  • Company Featured on ForeverU Website for 1 Semester

  • Company Featured on ForeverU Social Media Announcing Partnership

  • Company Logo Featured in All Social Media Livestreams and Videos

  • Company Literature Featured at Main Entrance Welcome Kiosk

  • Company "Request Info" Tablet Featured at Main Entrance Welcome Kiosk

  • Company Recognized on All Signage at ForeverU’s Annual Gala


University Partner: $2,000.00/semester

  • University Featured on ForeverU Website for 1 Semester

  • University Featured on ForeverU Social Media Announcing Partnership

  • University Receives a Website Badge that Recognizes Company as a University Partner

  • University Literature Featured at Main Entrance Welcome Kiosk

  • University Tour Scheduling Tablet Featured at Main Entrance Welcome Kiosk

  • Company Recognized on All Signage at ForeverU’s Annual Gala

Special Event Partner: $1,000.00 - Host an Event + Percentage of Sales Donated to ForeverU

  • Company Brand is Enhanced for Giving Back to the Community

  • Company and Fundraising Event Featured on ForeverU Social Media

  • Company and Fundraising Event Featured in Local Media Outlets

  • Company Acquires New Customers While Re-Engaging Current One's


Those interested in bringing in Ryan Hesslau in for a meeting should click below to email him directly. 

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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.