She began competing in speech tournaments in the third grade and became passionate about the mission of Operation Smile , working through school and through various private functions to raise awareness and funding for the needed surgeries. As the youngest Smile Ambassador, Skyler traveled to the Philippines last summer with medical physicians and volunteers to help with the children. Recently this past April, Skyler traveled to Lima, Peru for her second Medical Mission trip.
Skyler attended a Performing Arts Academy in Seoul, Korea last year. Upon returning to the US this January, she continued her humanitarian work and delivered her spoken word at various events, including the Art of Elysium Gala in Los Angeles and Sundance Film Festival on the issues involving of Racism, Equal Rights and Environment. She helped raise over $100,000 for Operation Smile at the Sundance Film Festival.
In February, she was a part of the 30-delegate expedition to the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway, led by Martha Stewart to address the issues of food security and environment. Following the trip, she has committed to help start the LA Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack to provide food on weekends for elementary school children who might otherwise go hungry. At the Storytellers Dinner last month, she has raised over $20,000 for Blessings in a Backpack.
Skyler is starting her own 501c(3) organization, Future Generations Now (www.FGNow.org), to build the community of future generations to act now and get involved through the organized volunteer expeditions locally and globally.
She is currently a contributing writer for Teen Vogue, addressing issues that matter for teenagers and the future generations.