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Time Warner Cable donates learning lab to shelter for homeless LGBT youth

NEW YORK — Time Warner Cable has selected the Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest services and advocacy organization working with LGBT runaway and homeless youth, to be the recipient of a Time Warner Cable Learning Lab.

The $50,000 grant will outfit the Learning Lab with new computers, printers, computer software, tablets and high-definition televisions. In addition, Time Warner will provide complimentary high-speed internet service to power the Lab, as well as HD-DVR and TV services.

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“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.”

The 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.

“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,” said Siciliano.

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