Introducing Ending Youth Homelessness Honoree, Ashlee Marie Preston

Ending Youth Homelessness: A Benefit for My Friend’s Place is quickly approaching on Wednesday, October 19! At this annual event, My Friend’s Place has the great privilege to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations working to end youth homelessness, one young person at a time. These champions make transformative opportunities for homeless youth in Los Angeles possible, and we are excited to share more about this year’s inspiring honorees.

Champion of the Year:
Ashlee Marie Preston
Ashlee Marie Preston is a diversity speaker, media advocate and trans activist originally from Louisville, Kentucky. She bravely shares her journey as a formerly homeless youth at My Friend’s Place and the obstacles she has overcome as a means of empowerment and community building. Ashlee currently reigns as Miss Quest 2016, a pageant that promotes social advocacy and empowerment within the transgender community. This year, she is also the recipient of the Connie Norman Advocacy Award, the APAIT Community Empowerment Award, and she was recognized by the City of Los Angeles for her involvement with the launch of the Transgender Civic Engagement Leadership Series through the Human Relations Commission.

Ashlee is the Chair of Communications and serves on the Executive Committee for the Transgender Service Provider Network, and she is also a board member with the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, the Imperial Court of Hollywood/Los Angeles, and the CSW/LA Pride Organization. Committed to utilizing media as a vehicle in which to implement change and social awareness, Ashlee has been featured in numerous BuzzFeed videos, is currently one of the faces in the FDA’s “This Free Life” campaign to address tobacco-related deaths in LGBT youth, and produces documentary films that speak to the narrative of underserved communities.

We hope you will join us in celebrating Ashlee Marie Preston and all of our honorees at Ending Youth Homelessness: A Benefit for My Friend’s Place on October 19, 2016 in Hollywood, California. Tickets purchase, sponsorship opportunities and additional information can be found on ourevent website. For additional information, contact Susan Zeren Dutra, Director of Development, at 323-908-0011 x. 110 or

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