"HopeMakers: Helping Homeless Youth Embrace Life"
Kevin Ryan is a father, husband, activist and child advocate. He leads Covenant House International, one of the largest charities in the Americas dedicated to serving homeless youth, and ending child trafficking. Covenant House’s work has been awarded the Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Award and the Olaf Palme Peace Prize.
Over the past 5 years, Ryan and his team have built an international Sleep Out movement, involving thousands of participants across 2 countries and raising more than $23 million to house, heal and help homeless youth. Ryan previously served as New Jersey’s first public Child Advocate and first commissioner of the Department of Children and Families.
His first book, Almost Home, a collaboration with former New York Times reporter Tina Kelley, became a national best seller in the Fall of 2012. The book chronicles the lives of 6 homeless teenagers as they faced abuse, violence and heartbreak in search of a place to call home. In 2015, President Barak Obama appointed Ryan as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
He is a graduate of Catholic University, Georgetown Law Center and NYU Law School. His numerous media appearances include the TODAY Show, Good Morning America and two stints on 60 Minutes. He lives in Fair Haven, NJ with his wife Clare. Together they have 6 children.