Sasha Bruce




Monday, May 1st, 2017

 We all know that youth homelessness is a chronic problem on the streets of our nation’s capital.  With your help, and with the intervention of an extraordinary figure from the world of opera, we have a unique opportunity to draw it to the attention of policy-makers and opinion formers.

The man who can help us do that is Ryan Speedo Green – who is enjoying a spectacular rise in opera.  Mr Green has a remarkable story to share with you.

Mr. Green grew up with his mother in a trailer park in Virginia and spent two months in solitary confinement in a correctional facility of last resort at the age of 12.  And yet he is now a star of the Metropolitan Opera and the Vienna State Opera.

Ryan Speedo Green believes that by sharing his story of overcoming poverty and hardship, he might give hope to DC’s abandoned, neglected and abused youth, and their families, teachers, and professionals who work with them.

On Monday, May 1, (6pm), Ryan Speedo Green, will join with Sasha Bruce Youthwork to raise awareness of youth homelessness in the District at the Sasha Bruce Benefit to End Youth Homelessness at 101 Constitution Avenue.  Mayor Muriel Bowser will be making remarks to start the program.

Earlier that day (1pm), Mr. Green will visit Sasha Bruce House (1022 Maryland Avenue, N.E.) to meet some of the youth in Sasha Bruce programs.

Press are invited to join Mr Green at the Sasha Bruce House on Monday May 1st at 1pm, or to attend our gala in the evening and hear him sing.

Ryan’s elementary teacher, Mrs. Bette Hughes – who helped turn his life around – will be at the event.  Bette’s husband, Leon, was responsible for getting Mr Green into his first Music School in Virginia and is also available for interview.

Read the Michael Cooper’s piece in the NY Times about Mr. Green’s journey by clicking here.

The mission of Sasha Bruce Youthwork is to improve the lives of runaway, homeless, abused and neglected youth and their families in the Washington area.


CONTACT:    RSVP for either event to James Beck, 202-577-3015 or email jbeck@sashabruce.org