Humanitarian and Activist Speaker
Skyler is 15 years old and will be entering 9th grade at Harvard Westlake Middle School in the fall of 2020. She has always been different in terms of her compassion and endless intellectual curiosity about everything, especially social issues surrounding children and the environment.
Skyler launched Future Generations Now (www.FGNow.org) as a 501c(3) organization in July 2018 to build a community that will actively support and participate in volunteer expeditions locally, and around the world. To date, she has amassed several budding groups of middle school and high school students in California to help raise funds and awareness for programs in the areas of child wellness, education, and the environment.
Her journey began with speech tournaments starting in the third grade while also becoming inspired by the mission of Operation Smile (http://www.operationsmile.org). Acting on her desire to help, she worked with school administrators and performed at various private functions to raise awareness and much-needed funds for children around the world to receive treatment through the program. Even as the youngest Smile Ambassador, Skyler embarked on her first global mission in the Philippines in the summer of 2015, traveling alongside physicians and volunteers to help those families of children in need. Her second Medical Mission would take place in the Spring of 2017, traveling to Lima, Peru in support of families and their children receiving life-changing treatment through Operation Smile.
In 2016, Skyler was accepted into a performing arts academy in Seoul, Korea to further develop her artistic talents. Upon returning to the U.S., she continued to apply her talents to her humanitarian work, delivering moving spoken-word performances on the issues of racism, civil rights, and environmental issues at various events, including the Art of Elysium Gala in Los Angeles and the Sundance Film Festival. She would go on to raise more than $200,000 for Operation Smile at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017-2019.
Skyler will be entering the 9th grade in the fall, 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 future generations to come.