Revolving group homes and shelters put Ryan in survival mode as a kid. A chance snowboarding trip to a California resort sparked in him a new hope and drastically changed his trajectory. Since then, Ryan has advocated for diversification of the outdoors, mental health, and nature’s ability to heal — even establishing a snowboard mentorship program, #Streets2Peaks.
Ryan — “I’m motivated to break barriers, change narratives, and exercise my infinite curiosity and intellectual growth, through struggle and all.”
He sees each moment, whether high or low, as an opportunity to evolve and improve. Outside of his advocacy work and snowboarding, Ryan likes to build PCs and study astrophysics to challenge himself and expand his thinking. He’s energized “by the idea that I can always be a better version of the me I was the day before.”
Ryan actively works to cherish each day and find his peace, supported by his time spent in the mountains and outdoors. Nature offers him a respite, where he can feel a true sense of belonging and ease.