From Homeless to Hope: Sydia Simmons Founder of The Lost Angels Society

In the U.S. there are about 1,682,900 homeless and runaway youth-The National Coalition for the Homeless

 “25 percent of former foster youth nationwide reported that they had been homeless at least one night within two-and-a-half to four years after exiting foster care.”-The National Alliance to End Homelessness

Number of homeless youth in NYC every night – 3,800.-Shelter of Peace

Founder of the Lost Angels Society Sydia Simmons, her husband Jonathan & daughter Aniyah

Sydia Simmons, her husband Jonathan & daughter Aniyah

At 14-years old Sydia Simmons was kicked out into the streets of New York City by her alcoholic mother but today she is a wife, mother & founder of the Lost Angels Society. The purpose of the Lost Angels Society is to provide a safe space for homeless teens. Sydia knows first hand the difficulty of being homeless, especially in New York City and because she has overcome through her faith she wants to give back. On December 16, 2012 Sydia hosted the Lost Angels Society Benefit to give homeless youth a Christmas celebration. This benefit was supported by actress Uma Thurman, Superstar Singer Usher and many others. Sydia truly has a passion and compassion for homeless youth and an important message for the Church. In Isaiah 61: 3-4 it states: “They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.They will rebuild the ancient ruins  and restore the places long devastated;they will renew the ruined cities  that have been devastated for generations”, Sydia truly fits the description above because she is rebuilding the lives of teens devastated by homelessness. What is unique about the Lost Angels Society is that it is founded by someone who experienced homelessness first hand.

In the video below Sydia shares her amazing testimony with power, honesty & grace.

For more information on the Lost Angels Society, the April 2013 Youth Conference and how you can assist please contact Sydia at:

Svante Myrick: From Homeless to Cornell to Mayor at Just 24-Years Old!

Ithaca, New York’s new Mayor Svante Myrick truly has an inspiring story, during his childhood he was homeless and living in a car with his family until his grandparents took them in. Myrick went on to attend Cornell with the encouragement of a dedicated teacher.  A Mayor with this background would be inspiring at any age but at 24-years old Mayor Myrick’s story is truly a modern-day miracle; in spite of his achievements Svante does not consider himself a “self-made man” but credits all who helped him along the way. In a time of constant negative political news it is refreshing to hear this story because it can give us  hope for our country’s civic future. He is inspired by President Obama’s  historic journey to the White House and just as the President inspired him I am sure Mayor Myrick will inspire countless other young Black men. Svante’s  story is proof that people of color and poor people can achieve greatness if given the opportunity.

MSNBC Interview with Mayor Svante Myrick