YouTube starts a new round of fighting against homelessness this Sunday, August 22, as it has invited InvisiblePeople.tv founder Mark Horvath to guest curate the site’s homepage with videos that smash stereotypes about America’s most forgotten citizens.
The opportunity to curate YouTube’s homepage coincides with the halfway point of InvisiblePeople.tv’s 2010 Road Trip U.S.A., which is dedicated to helping homeless individuals and families in 28 cities tell their stories using online social media. Horvath is a nationally recognized advocate who founded the nonprofit InvisiblePeople.tv organization in 2008 as a way to rebuild his life following his own bout with homelessness.
Armed with a hand-held video camera, laptop computer and smartphone, Horvath is posting unedited reports from the road trip on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites, as well as on the www.InvisiblePeople.tv video blog. “I’m honored and very grateful to YouTube for providing this unique opportunity for homeless people to share their stories with a massive global audience,” Horvath said.
The videos that Horvath curates will be featured on YouTube’s homepage for 24 hours, and permanently available on InvisiblePeople.tv’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/invisiblepeopletv. In addition, a Q&A with Horvath was featured on YouTube’s blog at www.youtube.com/blog.
“Our goal is to use social media to expose the pain, hardship and hopelessness that millions of people face each day,” Horvath added. “With YouTube’s help, we’re making the ‘invisible people’ in society more visible by bringing them out of the shadows where they are too often ignored.”