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TWC Learning Lab Opens at Ali Forney Center

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A new lab is helping more New Yorkers get computer access.

Thursday marked the grand opening of the Time Warner Cable Learning Lab at Ali Forney Center in Harlem.

The center supports homeless and runaway LGBT youth between the ages 16 and 24 with housing and services.

The new lab features 25 desktop computers, 10 laptops, five tablets and a smart board.

Members are already excited about the ways they'll make use of the lab.

"Revise my resumé, edit my cover letters, search for jobs, internships," said Manuel Collazo, a member of the Ali Forney Center.

"Because of the Internet, the world is a key stroke away, and we're able to make this possible for a segment of our population that is really needing of these services," said Rory Whelan of Time Warner Cable.

"Our goal for our young people isn't just to give them a a bed to sleep in at night," said Carl Siciliano, executive director of the Ali Forney Center. "That's very important, but our most important goal is to have them rebuild their lives and no longer have to be homeless."

The center aids more than 1,000 people each year.

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