Brought up in Boca Raton, FL, Tyler began serving in elementary school with Jane Goodall’s youth environmental movement, Roots and Shoots, and a service-learning nonprofit piloted at his school, Kindness Matters 365. From growing fresh foods to help Boca Helping Hands feed the hungry to assembling soldier care packages, Tyler found a family inspiring him to protect the planet and champion the underserved.
As a high school volunteer tutor, Tyler realized education’s significance for future leaders. To support educational diversity, equity, and inclusion, Tyler founded a nonprofit giving disadvantaged students free peer-to-peer college admissions guidance, starting with a short PSAT boot camp at the Boys and Girls Club. Under the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps program, he prepares to scale and add essay support, software integration, and more. Tyler finds nothing more rewarding than fostering student growth.
As a Barb Schmidt Fellow, Tyler collaborated with peers and the Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation to create a framework for an ocean conservation movement, starting with artificial reef planning. Tyler is thankful for the opportunity to serve as an Ingram Scholar, where he aims to tackle climate change with humanitarian engineering, implementing green buildings and resilient infrastructure for developing community residents to call home.