Tyrus is a long-time advocate on the behalf of youth and families with child welfare and mental health systems involvement. He spent the ages of 3-16 in foster care before getting adopted by his long-time foster mother. Tyrus served as a founding member and the first President of Youth MOVE National. In 2009, Tyrus was honored for his work with the Young Adult Leadership VOICE award by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Tyrus also served on the Board of Directors for the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. After receiving his BA in Business Administration, he served as a consultant for the American Institute for Research and the Technical Assistance Partnership, where he focused on facilitating strategic planning, logic model development, and trauma informed and youth driven services for youth and family organizations. Tyrus continues to ensure youth are given a voice in driving their services in his current position at Aichorn as a childcare worker. In his free time, he enjoys martial arts, reading and writing poetry, and spending time with his family.
“YMN is important to me because I am one of the original members who saw change that needed to be made. YMN was the organization that had its foot in the door that could possibly make the changes that are necessary. I didn't want youth with similar experiences and/or living through some of my life experience to go through the trenches. I believed YMN could be that voice, that safety net, that informational piece to help those in need and or those who want the knowledge and training to help on a community level to a national level. The board helped me mature into the man I am today. I have met individuals who have helped me grow and change my perspectives on life. I assume I have help others to transcend who they are into becoming the person or persons that they are trying to beTyrus