Miley Cyrus’ new foundation gives back
While many celebs are known for their partying and dating escapades, every now and then we hear about someone making good with all that fame and wealth.
Such is the case for child star turned megastar-with-extremely-questionable-onstage-antics Miley Cyrus. Her new non-profit venture is a light of hope for those facing prejudice and adversity. Nobody’s questioning that.
Cyrus recently launched the Happy Hippie Foundation, “a non-profit organization dedicated to rallying young people to fight the injustices faced by homeless youth, LGBT youth, and other vulnerable populations”.
She kicked things off by unveiling a series of Backyard Sessions – a curated music video collection featuring Cyrus and other prominent artists who believe in Happy Hippie’s mission to raise funds to create digital support groups for LGBT youth and their families.
Each music video in the collection takes place in Cyrus’ backyard and will exclusively debut on Facebook with the option for those wanting to show their support to donate – an innovative new giving feature on the social media outlet.
The Happy Hippie foundation stands for something Cyrus is extremely passionate about.
“Pointless judgment and its effects are unfortunately something that is way to common,” she says.
“No one should have to hide who they really are, no matter what his or her name, gender or status.”
Cyrus says she wants to use her voice “as a megaphone to young people everywhere”.
In the United States, more than 1.6 million young people don’t have a safe place to call home and of that number, 40% identify as LGBT. Happy Hippie strives to lower that number by funding programs for homeless LGBT youth as well as other vulnerable populations. The foundation is already providing support services to thousands of homeless youth in the Los Angeles area thanks to funds raised at the 2014 MTV Video Awards.
Happy Hippie is not the first step in Cyrus’ fight to help the LBGT community. She recently helped secure funding in New York’s state budget for LGBT homeless youth and plans to continue to work tirelessly through the Happy Hippie community to “speak out against laws targeting the rights of LGBT people”.
We all love to make fun of Cyrus, but she gets serious props for this.
Find out more by visiting the Happy Hippie Foundation.