Time Warner Cable (TWC) has awarded the Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to helping LGBT runaway and homeless youth, a $50,000 grant to create a learning lab to benefit underprivileged LGBT teens. The TWC Learning Lab will be outfitted with new computers, printers, the latest software, tablets, and Hi-Def TVs.
“Time Warner Cable is excited to offer a TWC Learning Lab to the Ali Forney Center, the first LGBT services organization to receive this state-of-the-art facility from us,” announced John Quigley, TWC’s Regional VP of Operations for NYC. “Time Warner Cable is proud to partner with an organization that serves as a strong voice for homeless LGBT youth in NYC and across the nation. The Time Warner Cable Learning Lab will feature programs and resources that will assist youth in their educational and career development needs as they grow from adolescence to adulthood.”
The lab will be located in Ali Forney Center’s new 24-hour drop-in center in Harlem, which is the first 24 hour learning center of its kind in the United States. The Learning Lab will be available for use to the public when it opens in 2013.
In light of the generous donation, Carl Siciliano, Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center, stated: “We are incredibly grateful to Time Warner Cable for awarding AFC with a Learning Lab. This is an example of outstanding corporate citizenship and commitment to diversity. This Learning Lab will not only provide an important connection between the youth we serve and access to state-of-the-art technology, but it will also be an enormous aid in helping them find employment, pursue educational opportunities and much more.”
The new Learning Lab will help already strained public resources, so at risk LGBT teens can at least help themselves by using state of the art computers and equipment to look for employment and search for other opportunities. Hopefully, more Learning Labs will be created throughout the country, since there are many underprivileged youth that are still falling through the cracks of society.