LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) established a new partnership with the Grammy Award winning artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers. The donation will help fund LAYN’s services for homeless and foster youth in Los Angeles.
The donation will help in the vital services including emergency shelter, transitional housing, education and job development, health and wellness, and aftercare program.
“The issues facing the youth served by LAYN are not insurmountable and we knew we could help,” said Drew Taggart. “These homeless, runaway and foster youth are bright, intelligent and have determination to achieve their goals and LAYN is there alongside them to motivate and inspire them,” Taggart added. “The issues facing these youth seem daunting, but we are happy to support this cause and LAYN in its mission to create permanent solutions for these young people.”
“We are honored that Alex and Andrew chose LAYN as their charity of choice,” said Mark Supper, CEO and President of Los Angeles Youth Network. “Partnerships like this, play a critical role in driving momentum and fueling community awareness, and support. This donation and their partnership will make a significant impact on the lives of the homeless and foster youth we serve.”
Annually, LAYN houses over 500 youth and provides more than 16,000 bed nights and 97,000 meals, to youth 12-21 years old. For youth whose histories of trauma have driven them to the streets or placed them in the foster care system, LAYN is there to help and support them.
Beyond the basics of shelter, food, and clothing, LAYN gives youth the tools and mindset they need to imagine positive futures. LAYN empowers each youth to realize their academic potential, to identify their career aspirations, and advocate for themselves.
Grammy Award-winning and Billboard Chart topping artist/producer duo, The Chainsmokers, have evolved into a dominating musical force with a diverse repertoire of songs that have led them to become one of music’s hottest recording artists. Comprised of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, their signature sound deftly reaches across indie, progressive and pop realms. Their evolution as producers and as songwriters has seen them develop some of the biggest breakthrough songs over the course of the last year and their original tracks and remixes have topped the charts throughout the world.
In 2016, the group catapulted to worldwide stardom with 3 certified multi-platinum hits. “Roses,” featuring Rozes, from their Gold certified debut EP Bouquet, was a 3X platinum smash that shot to #1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart. “Don’t Let Me Down” featuring Daya, was included on their second platinum selling EP Collage, went 4x platinum and was a top 5 Billboard Hot 100 hit. “Closer,” featuring Halsey was also included on the Collage EP and went 7X platinum, going on to became the longest running #1 single of 2016 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In April of 2017, the group released their debut album via Columbia Records titled “Memories…Do Not Open.” The album debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. on the Billboard 200 chart with total consumption of 221,000 units, and produced the global, platinum certified smash “Paris,” which debuted at #7, marking the duo’s highest first week entrance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart to date. The gold certified “Something Just Like This,” features Coldplay front man Chris Martin on vocals, and peaked in the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Most recently wrapping their “Memories…Do Not Open Tour,” the group have performed all over the world to sold-out crowds and at major festivals including SXSW, Ultra and Coachella. In the beginning of 2017, they also kicked off their Wynn Nightlife Residency in Las Vegas.