Tyler was barely sixteen when he died full of his future in Japan while on an Ambassador Group program called People to People Student Ambassadors. His death was 100% preventable. His parents, Allen and Sheryl Hill, filed a wrongful death lawsuit that settled in 2009.
Sheryl and Allen Hill published TylerHill.org to inform and engage others in an effort to establish Traveling Youth & Students Standards of Safety (TYS SOS) – because no state or federal oversight, minimum standards, or transparent public reporting exist in the multibillion dollar self-regulated study abroad industry.
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, and continue to be, placed with unsafe chaperones, in unsafe housing, in unsafe areas, in unsafe vehicles with unsafe drivers.
In 2010, Allen and Sheryl Hill founded ClearCause Foundation (now Depart Smart) 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.
VIDEO: Tyler Hill’s brother Alec narrates this beautiful 2-minute video about Tyler and the trip to Japan that should have been the time of his life… not the end of his life.