Our Mission

ForeverU is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is empowering youth on their mental health journey through personal development programs and experiences.


We were founded in 2012 by Ryan Hesslau, who at the time was only 16 years old, after researching the stories of students his age who had died by suicide. Their stories became his motivation for developing programs that would ensure that youth who were struggling had the resilience to keep living. Today, Ryan continues to lead ForeverU as the President and Executive Director.

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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

Director of Community Affairs & Engagement for Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller 6th District

Kendra Zantingh

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

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.

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400 E. Lincoln Hwy. Suite 101

New Lenox, IL 60451

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 on their mental health journey. 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.

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