Miley Cyrus passes on VMA acceptance speech to bring awareness to homeless youth

Miley Cyrus passes on VMA acceptance speech to bring awareness to homeless youth
Miley Cyrus and her date to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, a young homeless man named Jesse (photo courtesy Miley Cyrus' Instagram)
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At the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus twerked her way into becoming a household conversation subject.

At the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, she used her platform as winner of the night's biggest award - Video of the Year - to do the same for the nation's homeless, runaway and disenfranchised youth.

When Jimmy Fallon called her name as the winner, she stood up and hugged her date, a young man named Jesse, and then prodded him up onto the stage while she stayed behind. Once he got on stage, he made an impassioned speech to shift attention from the glitz, glamour and overall extravagance of the night to the unseen - or rather seen, but ignored - thousands of youth living their lives without a place to call home.

His speech said, in part:

"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....The music industry will make over $7 billion this year, and outside these doors are 54,000 human beings who have no place to call home."

Jesse then directed fans to Cyrus' Facebook fan page where there is more information on what is one of the nation's least talked about social problems. You can also click here to make a donation to the cause.