News of “Glee” star, Cory Monteith‘s death sent shockwaves throughout the Web over the weekend. From Twitter to Facebook to mainstream media, disbelief and mourning could be found. Here at Ecorazzi, we’d like to highlight Monteith’s role as a Virgin Unite Ambassador, where he specifically brought his voice to the issue of youth homelessness.
Monteith had teamed up with Virgin to help raise funds and awareness to support at-risk youth. In May 2012, Monteith helped raise $200,000 for at-risk youth programs in Canada through a partnership with Samsung. Alongside Virgin’s Richard Branson and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, he announced $50,000 in grants to Project Limelight and Broadway Youth Resource Centre, two organizations that provide assistance and encourage creativity for at-risk youth. Project Limelight is run by Maureen Webb, the woman who mentored Monteith and encouraged him to pursue acting.
Monteith also visited the Foyer Centre in London last year, a place that provides shelter and resources for young people. He toured their facilities, from their computer training room to their kitchen area where they cook and learn about nutrition. He also chatted with some of the residents who shared with him their own personal stories. Having been through his own personal struggles in his younger years, Monteith empathized with the people he met and was impressed by their optimism and strength. After the visit, Monteith had said, “It was great to meet such an inspiring group of young people. I’m impressed at how positive the group is despite facing so many challenges. They’re keen to move forward and gain the necessary skills needed to get their lives back on track.”
Richard Branson called Monteith “a beautiful soul” who was “deeply committed to ending youth homelessness.” He wanted children to have opportunities to express and empower themselves through the arts, as that is what helped him in his own life. There’s no doubt that this young actor would have continued to make the world a better and, yes – gleeful place.
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