Time Warner Cable Thursday announced it has selected the Ali Forney Center (AFC), the nation’s largest services and advocacy organization working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) runaway and homeless youth, to be the recipient of a Time Warner Cable Learning Lab. This grant provides a state-of-the-art technology center for the young people served by the non-profit organization.
Time Warner Cable will provide a $50,000 grant to outfit the Learning Lab with new computers, printers, computer software, tablets, and HD televisions. In addition, Time Warner Cable Business Class will provide complimentary high-speed Wideband Internet to power the Lab, as well as HD DVR and TV services.
“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,” said John Quigley, Time Warner Cable’s Regional Vice President 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.”
“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,” said Carl Siciliano, Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center. “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 Time Warner Cable Learning Lab will be housed at the Ali Forney Center’s new 24-hour drop-in center in Harlem for homeless LGBT youth, the first of its kind in the nation. The Learning Lab will officially open during the first quarter of 2013.
Time Warner Cable is committed to investing more than $2 million to establish 40 Learning Labs in neighborhoods and communities it serves in New York City, which include Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. The initiative began in 2010 and, since that time, Time Warner Cable has opened six Labs, including: Police Athletic League Center in Harlem; Sunnyside Community Services in Sunnyside, Queens; Gerard Carter Community Center in Stapleton, Staten Island; James Weldon Johnson Community Center in Harlem; Good Shepherd Services in Park Slope, Brooklyn; and the Chinese-American Planning Council in Lower Manhattan. The Brooklyn Navy Yard is the site of the next Learning Lab to open.
Earlier this year, Time Warner Cable was honored at the Ali Forney Center’s annual A Place at the Table benefit dinner for its support and advocacy of homeless youth and the LGBT community, including the Learning Lab grant.
Time Warner Cable’s New York City service area includes Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn, Mt. Vernon, NY, as well as Bergen and Hudson Counties in New Jersey.
The Ali Forney Center (AFC) was started in June of 2002 in response to the lack of safe shelter for LGBT youth in New York City. The Center is committed to providing these young people with safe, dignified, nurturing environments where their needs can be met, and where they can begin to put their lives back together. AFC is dedicated to promoting awareness of the plight of homeless LGBT youth in the United States with the goal of generating responses on local and national levels from government funders, foundations, and the LGBT community.