I enjoy watching young people grow up and find their path; it’s wonderful seeing all of the good things that they accomplish. I’ve always liked recognizing youth that are trying to make the world a better place by their actions. I realized that in my mission of Creating Responsible Kids on Smartphones, I had created an excellent platform to recognize youth that are out there doing some great things. Check out the “Youth Shaping the World” page on the website to see  kids doing some amazing things.

~ Ryan


Tags: , #youth, #youthspotlight, #youthshapingtheworld, #resource

Arnez Logan

A Sidewalk Hero: Arnez

This is an amazing story of bravery and doing what had to be done. Arnez Logan saved a kindergartner from being hit by a car. He is one of only four students in the country awarded the AAA Safety Patrol Lifesaving Medal for his heroism. You are a role model to our community, Arnez!!!


Tags: , #youth, #youthspotlight, #youthshapingtheworld, #arnezlogan, #resource

Gabe Rongier

Seeing a Snapchat Red-Flag: Gabe

I’ve been discussing the positives of social media since I started talking in public about youth and technology. Mental health red-flags online are sometimes easier to see than offline. If a young person sees someone struggling through social media or text messages, and they let an adult know, they open a new link to getting help. There are more eyes on the ball, so to speak, around individuals struggling with mental health issues when they post their struggles online. This can lead others to reach out to them just as Gabe Rongier did.

I’ve discussed Gabe’s story at my trainings. In May 2019, after discussing his story at a training, a parent in the audience raised her hand and said, “That’s my son.” We had a very nice conversation afterwards and she was more than happy to have me share Gabe’s story as a role model for doing the right thing. Check out his story below. Way to go, Gabe!!!


Tags: , #youth, #youthspotlight, #youthshapingtheworld, #gaberongier, #resource

Standing on the Stage: Jessa

Jessa Kenzi is performing all over my local area. She is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter/musician and an excellent example of what you can do with hard work, determination and practice. Check out her new video for Old Fashioned Country Girl below. Keep singing Jessa!!!


Tags: , #youth, #youthspotlight, #youthshapingtheworld, #jessakenzi, #resource

Suicide Prevention: Livia

I love seeing youth take on prevention efforts.

Check out Livia Bookwood’s PSA on suicide prevention!!!


Tags: , #youth, #youthspotlight, #youthshapingtheworld, #liviabookwood, #resource

Honoring Our Veterans: Megan

I saw this in the news and thought it was a wonderful story. Megan McCafferty, took the time to meet with local veterans to hear their stories and honor them through a book she wrote. The book is entitled “Freedom is Not Free, a Compilation of Veterans’ Stories.”  We need more kids like Megan out there. Awesome work, Megan!!!


Tags: , #youth, #youthspotlight, #youthshapingtheworld, #meganmccafferty, #resource