Miley Cyrus: Backyard Sessions

The singer's new project to help the homeless LGBT community

Happy Hippie Miley Cyrus
Photo courtesy of Sony Music Australia


Miley Cyrus may be better known for twerks than philanthropic works, but her latest project, which aims to combat injustices faced by homeless and LGBT youth, is definitely something positive to sing about.

The 22-year-old superstar has just launched a series of musical ‘Backyard Sessions’ for her not-for-profit organisation, The Happy Hippie Foundation.

Founded in September 2014, their mission is to rally support for vulnerable populations by raising funds for strategic programs that focus on prevention, immediate need and awareness.

This collection of video collaborations between Miley and famous friends, like Ariana Grande and Joan Jett, are performed in her own backyard and debut exclusively on Facebook.

In the U.S, 1.6 million youth are homeless each year with 40% identifying as LGBT. Family rejection is the most common reason LGBT youth experience homelessness, so online donations are used to create digital support groups for LGBT youth and their families.

As Miley told Rolling Stone, “I want to use my voice as a megaphone to young people everywhere and encourage human evolution. No one should have to hide who they really are, no matter what his or her name, gender or status. That’s why Happy Hippies are here to say that every life is valuable!”

Another entertainer using her public platform for the greater good is actress, singer/songwriter and founder of The Giving Keys, Caitlin Crosby, who featured in Issue 21 of The Collective.

“The only reason I wanted to get into the entertainment industry was so that I’d have a platform to talk about issues I was passionate about, and try to make positive change happen in our generation.”

The Giving Keys employs people transitioning out of homelessness in Los Angeles to make jewellery out of repurposed keys.

Read the full story on p.100-103 in Issue 21, on sale now.


Here are a few other awesome organisations helping the homeless around the world:

*Youngistaan: One of India’s largest youth volunteers network runs a ‘Transformers’ project, offering complete makeovers to Hyderbad’s homeless with free haircuts, shaves and clean clothes. Youngistaan founder, Arun Daniel Yellamaty, says the makeovers do wonders for their attitude, confidence and employment prospects.

*Art without a Roof: Founded by three best friends in 2014, AWR’s mission is toimprove the lives of disadvantaged individuals through the positive impact of art.  They pair talented artists with a charity organization of their choice, promoting and fundraising for the cause through selling products featuring their original artwork.

*Suspended Coffee: A pay it forward movement in cafes around the world where people can buy an advanced cup of coffee for someone in need of a hot brew. This kind gesture from a stranger means much more than a warming caffeine fix – it often provides conversation, a smile and sense of belonging. The Suspended Coffee team aim to restore hope by highlighting simple acts of kindness and encouraging others to join in the goodwill.

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