Shortly after, Miley started the happy hippie foundation to rally young people to fight injustices facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations. Since 2014, happy hippie has funded programs that have served nearly 1,500 homeless youth in Los Angeles, reached more than 25,000 LGBTQ youth and their families with resources about gender, and provided social services to underserved communities including transgender individuals, youth in conflict zones, and people affected by crisis situations. Happy hippie also mobilizes Miley’s fans to support causes including gender equality, lgbtq rights and mental health through awareness campaigns and fundraising.

“I just think I found a purpose to do things,” says Miley, “that’s what I wanted to do. That’s what made me happy. And that’s what happy hippie is about: doing what you do, being happy, and not hurting anyone. It gave me meaning in everything.”