The Happy Hippie Foundation

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The Happy Hippie Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by Miley Cyrus in 2014 to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations. The Happy Hippie Foundation provides homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable youth populations with consistent support services to build well-being, crisis response services to meet basic immediate needs, and prevention services.


Alice Waters

 Photo taken by Gilles Mingasson

Photo taken by Gilles Mingasson

Alice Waters is a chef, author, food activist, and the founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. She has been a champion of local sustainable agriculture for over four decades. In 1995 she founded the Edible Schoolyard Project, which advocates for a free school lunch for all children and a sustainable food curriculum in every public school. She has been Vice President of Slow Food International since 2002. She conceived and helped create the Yale Sustainable Food Project in 2003, and the Rome Sustainable Food Project at the American Academy in Rome in 2007. Her honors include election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007; the Harvard Medical School’s Global Environmental Citizen Award, which she shared with Kofi Annan in 2008; and her induction into the French Legion of Honor in 2010. In 2015 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama, proving that eating is a political act, and that the table is a powerful means to social justice and positive change. Alice is the author of fifteen books, including New York Times bestsellers The Art of Simple Food I & II, The Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea, and, a memoir, Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook.


Angela Helton

Angela Helton

Angela Helton is the wife of USC Head football coach Clay Helton. Angela and Clay both felt that with the honor and opportunity of being named the Head Coach of the USC Trojan football team in 2016 that it was important to give back to the greater Los Angeles community. After deciding to focus their community outreach efforts to the homeless youth of Los Angeles, Angela connected with the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work for guidance and information about local homeless agencies, upon which Angela was introduced to My Friend’s Place. Since 2016, Angela has spearheaded the partnership between USC football and My Friend’s Place, including coordinating annual sneaker drives at USC, serving meals alongside USC football players, organizing the holiday efforts for the My Friend’s Place Parenting Program and setting up volunteer activities for USC football players, coaches and staff throughout the year


Cheryl Hayward

Cheryl Hayward

My Friend’s Place Board Member Cheryl Hayward has devoted much of her life to service, be it education, environment or youth development and support. Cheryl first began volunteering at My Friend’s Place in 2010 and quickly immersed herself into the program, spending two days a week volunteering on site while also chaperoning field trips and cultural experiences with young people around Los Angeles. With particular interest in the My Friend’s Place Parenting Program, Cheryl annually hosts the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebrations, helping empower these young parents while celebrating their achievements. In addition to her volunteerism with My Friend’s Place, Cheryl also devotes her time to Skid Row Housing Trust, where she helped develop a volunteer program in 2011. Now, splitting her time between the U.S. and New Zealand, Cheryl and her husband Bob Hayward are working on eco-restoration on New Zealand’s North Island, as well as providing scholarship opportunities to children to attend higher education.


Instagram

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Since launching in 2010, Instagram has become one of the world’s leading social networking apps, with a community of more than 800 million who capture and share the world's moments. In 2017, Instagram launched it’s #KindComments campaign, aimed at capturing some of the inspiring stories of people on Instagram and the impact that a compassionate and supportive comment can make. The first-ever #KindComments project featured leaders and advocates from the trans community on Instagram reading inspiring comments of support from their followers on camera, and soon spread to include a number of other communities. Communities of support were a major trend on the platform in 2017, with Instagram users coming together on issues within the LGBTQ+ community, discussions around mental health and recovery, sex and body positivity, as well as women collectives and artists promoting female issues.


Host Jack Black

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Photo taken by Blake Little

Multi-hyphenate star of film, music and TV, Black currently stars in the blockbuster film Jumani: Welcome to the Jungle.  The two-time Golden Globe nominee has been in dozens of hit movies including School of Rock, The Holiday, Shallow Hal, Kung-Fu Panda and King Kong. He will next be seen in Netflix’s The Polka King, where he transformed himself into the infamous Jan Lewan in a movie that earned him rave reviews coming out of Sundance. Additionally, he recently wrapped The House with a Clock in its Walls opposite Cate Blanchett. On the music front, he and Kyle Gass make up the rock music duo Tenacious D.