She began competing in speech tournaments in the third grade and became passionate about the mission of Operation Smile (http://www.operationsmile.org), 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 in the Summer of 2015 with medical physicians and volunteers to help with the children.  In the Spring of 2017, Skyler traveled to Lima, Peru for her second Medical Mission trip.  

Skyler attended a Performing Arts Academy in Seoul, Korea for her gap year in 2016.  Upon returning to the US, she has 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 $200,000 for Operation Smile at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017-2019.

In February 2017, 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 (blessingsinabackpack.org) to provide food on weekends for elementary school children who might otherwise go hungry.  At the Storytellers Dinner in last year, she has raised over $20,000 for Blessings in a Backpack.  

 

Skyler has launched her own 501c(3) organization, Future Generations Now (www.FGNow.org) at the United Nations in New York City past July to build the community of future generations to act now and get involved through the organized volunteer expeditions locally and globally.  FGNow is building the community of middle school and high school students to help raise funds and awareness to create and participate in experiential volunteer programs in the areas of children, education and the environment.

She is currently a senator for 8th grade in her middle school and has started Future Generations Now Club at Harvard Westlake Middle School.  She is a contributing writer for Teen Vogue, addressing issues that matter for teenagers and the future generations.

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