Guy Ryan

Young New Zealander of the Year

2015

University of Canterbury

Young New Zealander of the Year

Te Mātātahi o te Tau

University of Canterbury

Guy is the Founder of Inspiring Stories – a Kiwi charity with a bold vision to see young people realise their potential to change the world.

Thanks to generosity and support from the wider community, Guy and the team at Inspiring Stories have built an impressive track-record of high-impact programmes and events including Festival for the Future, the Future Leaders programme, and The Impact Awards.

Guy and the team at Inspiring Stories have made a difference for thousands of young New Zealanders, with positive ripple effects into communities nationwide. Alumni have gone on to lead things like the School Strikes for Climate, build businesses, lead campaigns and volunteer movements, step into leadership positions, win awards and represent Aotearoa on the world stage.

Since 2011, Guy and the team have been able to support hundreds of youth-led projects and ventures; provide more than $2.5M in-kind scholarship support to assist young people from challenged and disadvantaged backgrounds to experience life-changing opportunities; and provide more than $100K in awards and prizes to support some of Aotearoa’s most inspirational young changemakers to make a difference for our communities and country.