My name is Lizzie and I have been involved with ForeverU for four years. I have been a camp counselor for ForeverU’s Camp Reset, as well as a volunteer for the Reset Weekends and other various events ForeverU has hosted. I got involved when I tagged alone with my partner to help out Ryan (ForeverU’s founder) at ForeverU’s first Camp Reset in the summer 2017. I had no idea what the camp was about or even what ForeverU was, but it quickly became one of the most influential communities I have ever been involved with.

The fall of 2017, I was going into my senior year of college. I was a Psychology major, intending to pursue graduate school for Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I reached out to Ryan Hesslau in order to inquire how I could get more involved with the organization, thinking that this would be a great organization to get more experience with mental health. I was able to get involved that next summer of 2018 with Camp Reset as a counselor. That week solidified that mental health advocacy and empowerment was one of my biggest passions. Getting involved with ForeverU changed me in the best ways possible. The teens that I have been connected with through this organization have impacted me more than they realized. I started that week expecting to have great conversations, teach the teens mental health awareness and empowerment, and make wonderful memories. Not only did I accomplish all of that, but I was also able to recognize my own worth. ForeverU gave me a place to recognize my own strengths and weaknesses, while allowing me to gain forever friendships, mentorships, and unforgettable experiences. I would not be where I am today without ForeverU, without the relationships I made, the cherished memories I have, and the situations I went through.

I would recommend ForeverU programs for anyone and everyone wanting to grow more in who they are. Becoming comfortable with your story, who you are, and advocating for yourself is a huge piece of these programs. The growth I have seen in each and every one of the teen members AND volunteers is immense and is hard to find a way to replicate that growth elsewhere. The work that ForeverU does with high schoolers is so important to their social-emotional learning. It helps this age demographic develop skills that make them better human beings in the world and better prepares them for future hardships.

I want to thank ForeverU, all the high schoolers, the other volunteers, and everyone who has donated or supported ForeverU in any way. Thank you for helping me discover who I am and who I want to be. Thank you for pushing me to a career that I adore and am good at. Thank you for everything. I would not be where I am today without ForeverU.

My name is Grace and I have been involved in ForeverU for a year and a half. I got introduced to the organization by one of my best friends my sophomore year. She raved about how great her experience was here and told me how open and accepting the atmosphere was. On her recommendation, I attended my first camp the summer of 2019. I had no idea just how influential this organization would become in my life.

I met some of the strongest, most amazing people in ForeverU. They truly lifted me up and showed me that I had a purpose. When I left camp that summer, I brought home with me a notebook full of skills and advice, as well as a newfound sense of empowerment. People who were strangers at the beginning of the week became true friends and over time, a second family.

A couple months after camp, I started regularly attending the weekly peer group, which gave me a space to express any struggles and receive advice, as well as a space to listen and give advice. These groups provide a place where students can be open without judgement and where they can go to gain tools to help grow themselves.

I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to be involved in ForeverU. I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today without Forever U. I am a more open, confident, and a better person for having been involved in this organization. My life is a better one because of ForeverU and the people involved in it, students and mentors alike. It helped me to see that I am worth being supported. ForeverU provided me with a quality support system and a safe space. I truly believe any and everyone can benefit from ForeverU programming. I recommend it to everyone because it teaches skills that can be used everyday. This organization teaches you how to own your story and be proud of what makes you you. To those who believe in our work or financially support our mission, thank you for helping me to be more comfortable with myself and my story, and thank you for providing me with an amazing support system.

My name is Brogan and I’m 18 years old. I’ve been involved with ForeverU for two years. I first got involved in June 2019 the beginning of my junior year of high school. My local newspaper ran an article that featured ForeverU and their mission to empower youth and promote healthy social development. This sparked my interest because I was searching for a group that I could feel comfortable with sharing my feelings. I enjoy ForeverU, because this program makes me feel happy. We talk about how we’re feeling inside of us and what is happening to us in the world. Then in 2020 life changed because of COVID-19. Weekly in-person meeting’s became restricted because of social distancing and Ryan moved the meeting to an online zoom format. This helped me stay connected to my peers without feeling isolated. I enjoy ForeverU because they help me discover creative and new learning skills that help me to maintain my mental health in school and at home. I am so grateful to be part of the ForeverU family. To those who believe in our work and financially support our mission, thank you for giving me a capable support system and thank you for helping me become a confident with sharing my story.