Once again, Miley Cyrus left the MTV VMAs with an indelible moment, but it couldn;t have been further from last year's twerkathon.
When Cyrus won Video of the Year for "Wrecking Ball," she declined to go onstage herself and instead sent a formerly homeless runaway Jesse, from the organization My Friend's Place, to accept for her. He delivered it nervously, while a wet-eyed Miley proudly looked on from the audience, but boy did he sell it:
Thank you, all. My name is Jesse. And I am accepting this award 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. I know this because I'm one of these people. I've 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. Los Angeles entertainment capital has the largest population of homeless youth in America. The music industry will make over $7 billion dollars this year and outside these doors are 54,000 human beings who have no place to call home.
If you want to make a powerful change in the world right now, please join us and go to Miley's Facebook page. A dream you alone is only a dream; but a dream we dream together is reality. Thank you so much for your time.
Miley's Facebook page further explained the singer's cause: "Help me raise awareness and funds to end youth homelessness! This is just the beginning for me, but we’re going to get started now by focusing on My Friend’s Place, a homeless center for young people in Hollywood.
You can support the cause by making a donation here:www.prizeo.com/miley! For every $5 donation, you’ll be entered to win a trip for 2 to Brazil to hang out with me at my show in Rio de Janeiro on Sept 28th. You’ll get the full VIP experience, including 2 of the best seats in the house."