On a Mission to Inspire: | Irvine Moms

From being the guest speaker on the Ellen show to being featured on Forbes Magazine, a young, prominent influencer, Ryan Hickman is structuring a new era of change from a young age. 




In 2012, three-year-old Ryan Hickman was taken to a recycling center by his father, Damion Hickman, where Ryan was left in awe by the wonders of what difference this center can make to better our planet. This became the catalyst for his love and passion towards environmental change.

When Ryan came home from this eventful moment, he immediately started to gather empty plastic water bottles from friends, families, neighbors, and many more. People started to hear about him more and more, and soon, he became well-known across Orange County. 

“I try my best to educate people wherever I go,” Ryan said. “Hopefully, some of my recycling awareness events and speaking events have inspired people to recycle better.” 

Ryan did not stop there, however: he created a company to make recycling a more well-renowned subject to become aware of. His story went viral across CBS, NBC, and many more social media and news outlets. In 2017, Ryan appeared as a guest star on the Ellen Show which became a major impact on his journey to success. 

Ryan Hickman’s parents, Damion and Andrea Gail, became huge supporters of their son as he commenced this major change to better society’s views as a whole. His parents helped sort and take the cans to the recycling center. They also assisted in driving Ryan to events, handling his social media outlets, and schedule events. 

“[My parents] were surprised that I have stuck with this,” Ryan said. “They have been super supportive throughout this journey.”




The biggest struggle his young and bright man was exposed to was when the public would trash cans with recyclable items. He realized and hopes to educate people on recycling across the nation so that this issue won’t grow. He wishes to have recycling prices increase in the near future.  

If everyone does a little bit, it makes a big difference. I want everyone to know how easy recycling is and how we can all do something to make the environment better,” Ryan said. “If a ten-year-old kid like me can do it, anyone can do it. We can all make a difference together!”







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