The White House has selected the Ali Forney Center’s Executive Director Carl Siciliano as a Champion of Change in the Fight Against Youth Homelessness. Siciliano founded the Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest organization working on behalf of LGBT runaway and homeless youth.
As a Champion of Change, Siciliano will attend a July 12 White House event alongside other leaders who have made a significant difference in their communities to combat homelessness among children and youth. That’s not all for this compassionate man, he will also be featured on the White House’s Champions of Change website. At the event, agency representatives and various White House officials will participate in a discussion with Siciliano and fellow Champions to hear about their efforts to serve homeless youth, and to further discuss policies and practices to aid this vulnerable population.
“It is thrilling that, as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the [AFC], we are also being recognized by the White House for our pioneering work on behalf of homeless LGBT youth,” Siciliano said in a press release. He added that when the AFC opened, the challenges faced were very daunting, and there was very little awareness of the plight of homeless LGBT youth, especially on the federal level, which made it difficult to obtain support for the organization’s work.
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