Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – After last year’s much criticized VMA performance, everyone was on edge waiting for what Miley Cyrus was going to pull this year. And after her name was called out after winning the Video of the Year award for her video for Wrecking Ball, Cyrus indeed shocked the nation by using it as an opportunity to bring a social issue to light.
As soon as Jimmy Fallon called out her name, the young singer pointed everyone’s attention to the young man who was to address the millions of viewers in behalf of Cyrus.
The man who accepted the award in behalf of the pop star is Jesse, one of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in America.
“I’ve survived in shelters all over the city,” he said. “I’ve been an extra in your movies, I’ve been an extra in your life…. Outside these doors are 54,000 human beings that have no place to call home.”
The moving speech brings social awareness to a prevailing issue of youth homelessness in the country. He invites everyone to visit Cyrus’ Facebook page, where the musician has posted a video informing her fans how they can help support this cause via the fund-raising site, Prizeo. The whole initiative is for the benefit of My Friend’s Place, a homeless youth center.
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream, but a dream we dream together is reality,” Jesse ends.
In a statement made after the event, Cyrus shares: “I’m just getting started 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.”