Miley Cyrus’s Charitable Side

By Marieke Vos, Epoch Times
October 29, 2013 Last Updated: October 31, 2013

Miley Cyrus co-founded Get Ur Good On, a youth-empowering charitable organization originally fueled by the performer’s star power. Get Ur Good On restyled itself last week, however, distancing itself from that once-wholesome star power turned raunchy.

Get Ur Good On is one of 39 charities Cyrus supports, or supported. It remains to be seen how her other charitable works will be impacted by her new image.

The 20-year-old has become better known for her provocative dancing and next-to-nothing costumes than the exemplary image she once had as Disney’s “Hannah Montana.”

Get Ur Good On no longer mentions Cyrus as a co-founder. It does still acknowledge that the Gurgo grants it awards, totaling more than $1 million annually, are “made possible with promotional support from Miley Cyrus.”

 

That acknowledgment is a far cry, however, from the 2008 statement released by the micro-grant online networking forum, which said Get Ur Good On is meant to “link Miley Cyrus’s star power with youth voice, giving young people an opportunity to see how one person can make a difference.”

GetUrGoodOn.org encourages youth to share their experiences—such as how they set up recycling programs in their communities or other waste-reduction innovations—and to encourage each other.

Whether Cyrus’s image fits the bill or not, the Gurgo grants she supports have a global impact.

One grant, for example, will help youth build a city center wall in Villarrica, Paraguay, out of 12,000 plastic bottles. Another grant will help Pearl Africa Primary School in Uganda plant quick-growing, multipurpose trees.

Cyrus said in 2008 when her website was founded that she knows how important it is to start doing community service young: “If you pick up a guitar when you’re 8 you’re really good at it by the time you’re 20. It’s the same with doing good.”

“Someday today’s kids will be running for President,” she said. “Now is our prep time. We need to get some practice in before we save the world.”

When she was younger, she worked with her family to help clothe, feed, and provide other support to students in Kentucky coal-mining towns.