Welcome to the Evolving Man Project’s first-ever ‘Evolved “Little” Man of the Week’ profiles. This week we will highlight an individual that embodies what it means to be an evolved young boy on their path towards manhood, famous and non-famous alike. The world needs to know their stories and deeds. This week’s honor goes to the Maryland native, author, “kidpreneur” and philanthropist, the seven-year-old Tyler Stallings.
At the tender age of four years old, Tylers’ mother, Andrea taught him about America’s problem of homelessness amongst our nation’s veterans. The young boy was appalled to hear that our nation’s former service members would be subjected to living on the streets. Tyler tried volunteering, but silly adults wouldn’t take a kid his age seriously. Finally, one homeless shelter gave him a chance, and the rest is history.
“At first, it was hard for people to take a four-year-old seriously,” says Andrea. “It took me a while to find a shelter that would let him come in and help. But when shelters like MCVET finally did, they loved having him there. It’s nice to have a child in an environment like that. We would take them care packages with toiletries and grooming products to thank people for their service, and they would take whatever they needed.”
Three years later, Tyler is still helping the veteran community in his home state of Maryland. His selflessness has not gone unnoticed. He’s been featured on local and national news programs highlighting his “Hero Bags,” he’s written a book, has a GoFundMe page to support his hero bags, and was presented a humanitarian award on Steve Harvey’s Little Big Shots t.v. Show. It’s a lot to accomplish at such a young age. Here is Tyler in his own words:
We at the Evolving Man Project wish Tyler Stallings all the best as he continues his ascent towards greatness. He is the definition of #BlackBoyJoy! Has a veteran myself and a former kid with a vast imagination, I’d like to say thank you to young Tyler for helping out my fellow veterans in need. Today we honor Tyler Stallings as our very first Evolved “Little” Man of the Week.