Humanitarian and Activist Speaker
Skyler is 12 years old and will be entering 7th grade at Harvard Westlake this upcoming fall. She has always been different in terms of her compassion and endless intellectual curiosity about everything, especially social issues surrounding children. She began competing in speech tournaments in third grade and became passionate about the mission of Operation Smile, working through school and through other private functions to raise awareness and funding for the needed operations. Skyler traveled to the Philippines last summer help medical physicians and volunteers with the children. Recently this past April, Skyler returned from a Peru Medical Mission trip .
She traveled to South Korea last year attending a Performing Arts Academy and continued her work with Operation Smile. She also gave speeches at various events, including the Art of Elysium Gala and Sundance Film Festival on the issues involving racism, equal rights, environment, and anti-bully campaigns at schools. For the Sundance Film Festival, Skyler helped raise $66,000 in one night for Operation Smile past January.
In February, Skyler has visited the Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway with a select group of 30 delegates, led by Martha Stewart to learn and address the issue of food security and environment. Following the trip, she has committed herself to helping start the LA Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack to provide food on weekends for elementary school children who might otherwise go hungry. To start, Skyler has committed to raise funds to provide food for weekends for 1000 needy children in California. One Hunger-Free Weekend at a Time!
Skyler is currently a contributing writer for Teen Vogue, addressing issues that matter for teenagers and the future generations. She is scheduled to speak at the United Nations at Nexus Summit on environmental issues this upcoming July.