Cloud 9, an independent supporters group for NJ/NY Gotham FC, is proud to be raising funds for the Ali Forney Center (AFC) during the 2021 Prideraiser Campaign.
AFC's mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently.
The Center's namesake, Ali Forney, was a gender-nonconforming teen who fled his home at 13. He entered the foster care system where he was bounced around to several homes, and was beaten and abused. Ali ended up living on the streets at the age of 15. Ali was dedicated to helping other young people and publicly advocated for the safety of homeless LGBT youth. Tragically, in December of 1997, Ali was murdered in Harlem—shot in the head and left for dead.
Committed to saving the lives of LGBTQ young people, in 2002 Carl Siciliano founded the Ali Forney Center AFC in memory of Ali. Since AFC's launch with just six beds in a church basement, the organization has grown to become the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths in the country—assisting over 2,000 youths per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center which provides over 70,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered-site housing program.
To support our campaign, pledge any dollar amount per goal scored by NJ/NY Gotham FC during the month of June. At the end of the month you’ll be contacted to make your donation directly to the Ali Forney Center.