Miley Cyrus won Video of the Year at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, taking the opportunity to advocate on the behalf the United States’ homeless…
Miley Cyrus won Video of the Year at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, taking the opportunity to advocate on the behalf the United States’ homeless youth population. Rather than accept the trophy herself, Cyrus gave the stage to a young homeless man named Jesse who “accepted on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now.”
The young man went on to share with the VMA audience: “I survived in shelters all over the city. I’ve cleaned your hotel rooms, I’ve been an extra in your movies, I’ve been an extra in your life. Though I may have been invisible to you on the streets, I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight.”
Miley Cyrus added on her own message on Facebook: “Help me raise awareness and funds to end youth homelessness!”
There is a movement gaining momentum around runaway and homeless youth. It is happening among different governmental departments, activists, artists, filmmakers, philanthropists, and funders nationwide. Today, Miley Cyrus has loaned her voice and prominence to making this movement even broader! Its intent is to increase resources, access to services, and ultimately end youth homelessness by 2020.
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Runaway & Homeless Youth Act, a celebration of the movement to end youth homelessness. For the past 40 years, the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) has worked with Federal Youth Services Bureau and runaway and homeless youth providers to be the go-to resource for nearly young people in crisis to keep them safe and off the streets. NRS makes 250,000 connections to provide hope and help to youth in crisis each year.