Miley cyrus just launched the happy hippie foundation

Remember the touching Video of the Year acceptance speech Miley’s friend Jesse Helt gave at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2014? Miley’s mystery date revealed himself to be homeless, and accepted her Moonman “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.” As Miley watched tearfully from side-stage, Jesse finished up, telling fans to head to Miley’s Facebook page, and donate to My Friend’s Place, a Hollywood homeless shelter.

Now, Miley’s back at it again, continuing her fight in support of homeless youth in the States.

The singer officially launched The Happy Hippie Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to getting young people working together to counter the injustices that vulnerable groups, including homeless and LGBT youth, face on a daily basis.

To make her voice heard, Miley has brought back The Backyard Sessions; intimate, outdoor jams with her band that feature Miley covering hit songs. Watch her amazing 2012 rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” again below.

This time, Miley’s kicking it up a notch, teaming up with some big names in the industry. The first video in the series features the pop-star performing with one of her idols, Joan Jett.  The two cover Joan’s 2013 anthem, “Different.”

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Joan was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where Miley delivered the induction speech, and expressed right off the bat how much she wanted them to perform together since the day they met.

Joan Jett is just the beginning, though. The video series, debuting exclusively on Miley’s Facebook page will also feature prominent artists like Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Melanie Safka, and Ariana Grande.

Ariana is thrilled about being involved in the project. She took to Instagram to congratulate her friend, calling Miley “an angel on Earth.”

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Keep up the good work, Miley!