Our Story

Tyler Hill 1995-2007

Tyler Hill, was barely sixteen when he died full of his future on a People to People Student Ambassador Trip to Japan in 2007.  His death was 100% preventable. His parents, Allen and Sheryl Hill, filed a wrongful death lawsuit that settled in 2009.

They published www.tylerhill.org to inform and engage others in an effort to establish Traveling Youth & Students Standards of Safety, TYS SOS – because no federal oversight, minimum standards, or transparent reporting exists in a $20+ billion student travel, cultural exchange, or study abroad industry entrusted with American youth and students.

The Hills did not expect to hear from so many others whose child was scammed, molested, raped, abused, malnourished, killed and more abroad.  American youth have been placed with unsafe chaperones, in unsafe housing, in unsafe areas, in unsafe vehicles with unsafe drivers.  There is no jurisdiction when feet leave foreign soil.

In honor of Tyler, and every young American who died full of their future on a program that should have been the opportunity of a lifetime, our Cause is Clear:

Keep American Youth Safe Abroad