Each night in New York City there are over 3,800 homeless youth. Somewhere between 20 and 40% of these homeless youth are LGBTQ youth. There are only 200 shelter beds citywide for LGBTQ youth. This is a crisis – a crisis which can be solved with our help.
Please attend this forum on homeless LGBTQ youth to hear from service providers, elected officials, and youth about the challenges facing them and how the broader NYC community can help alleviate this crisis.
Sunday, January 8th, 1:00pm-3:00pm room 411 MLK, Riverside Church:
A panel discussion sponsored by The Riverside Church Task Force on Homeless LGBTQ Youth
Carl Siciliano, Executive Director, Ali Forney Center:
Carl Siciliano is a nationally recognized advocate and service provider for homeless LGBTQ youth who has been dedicated to this population since 1994. In 2002, Siciliano founded the Ali Forney Center (AFC), which has grown to become the nation’s largest and most comprehensive housing program for homeless LGBTQ youth. The Ali Forney Center offers emergency housing, transitional housing, a drop-in center, a vocational/educational center and a mix of supportive services that help our LGBTQ youth become successful and independent adults.
Lewis A. Fidler, Assistant Majority Leader, New York City Council, 46th District, Brooklyn.
In January, 2002, Lew Fidler began his first term as Councilman for the 46th District. As Chairperson of the Youth Services Committee, he has conducted over 18 hearings on issues relating to Runaway and Homeless Youth (“RHY”) during the past 9 years. He has managed to increase the numbers of shelter beds and street outreach programs to find and serve these youth. During his tenure, the budget for Youth Services has reached $12 million. Elected to the role of Assistant Majority Leader in 2006, Council Member Fidler is actively involved in decision-making regarding citywide policy, legislation and budget.
Juan Guadalupe: Youth Representative
The panel discussion will be moderated by the Rev. Dr. Arnold I. Thomas, Minister with Education, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, The Riverside Church.
This event is free and open to the public. Sandwiches will be provided.
For further information, contact Karen Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-280-0903.