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    Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:42:17

    Miley Cyrus Working to End Youth Homelessness - Find out how you can help

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    Miley Cyrus is a woman on a mission. The singer wants to end youth homelessness and she started off her campaign by letting a homeless teen accept her VMA for "Wrecking Ball" on Sunday, August 24.

    Furthermore, the singer has launched a Prizeo fundraising campaign and is asking Smilers aka her fans to join her fight.

    The campaign benefits My Friend's Place, a drop-in service center in Hollywood that assists and inspires homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. Cyrus met with youth and staff at My Friend's Place where she learned about the challenges and potential solutions around the issue of homelessness.

    Fans can support the cause by making a donation at prizeo.com between now and September 21.

    For every $5 donation, fans will be entered to win a chance to meet Cyrus at her upcoming concert on September 28, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The grand prize package includes two tickets, backstage access, hanging out with Miley before the show, as well as airfare and accommodations for two. The campaign will also offer an exclusive, limited-edition t-shirt, with net proceeds benefiting My Friend's Place.

    That's amazing! What a haul and for a good cause!

    "I'm just getting started," said Cyrus. "And I want to make sure my fans are part of helping me to give back and make an impact on this issue – we all have the power to make change happen. This is about helping youth, people just like you and me have the opportunity to find their inner power and potential, no matter what their circumstances."

    Here's the critical intel:

    An estimated 4,000 homeless youth live in Los Angeles County, many of whom are fleeing abuse or are kicked out of their homes by their guardians. In the U.S., it is estimated that on any given night there are 1 million homeless youth living on the street, in abandoned buildings, with friends or strangers. These youth are at increased risk of engaging in dangerous behaviors, experiencing anxiety and depression, and becoming involved in the criminal justice system.

    My Friend's Place provides homeless youth with opportunities to improve their psychological, intellectual and physical capacity to reach their potential and build self-sufficient lives. In collaboration with leading social services providers and educational institutions as well as over 500 volunteers, My Friend's Place offers a free and comprehensive continuum of care that combines emergency necessities with therapeutic, health, employment and education assistance, and creative arts services.

    Smilers, will you help Miley in her fight?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    08.26.14



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