Our mission is to strengthen and empower all youth, however they identify, to overcome obstacles by providing housing, supportive counseling, community education, and advocacy.
We recognize thriving as a community means all youth, inclusive of all intersecting identities, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, culture, age, ability status, class, faith, and social characteristics are equal.
As a nonprofit, we seek to fill gaps in the upper great plains’ region, primarily South Dakota, with outreach into North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Montana as a Counseling and Community Center with Employment Resources, Emergency Housing Solutions, and STI and HIV prevention and education.
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Ali Forney Center
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.
Carl Siciliano is overseeing efforts to provide technical assistance to groups around the country seeking to create or expand programs for homeless LGBTQ youths. Along with Nadia Swanson, Technical Assistance Consultant, Carl Siciliano is providing technical assistance, on a consulting basis, to our organization, helping with matters such as program planning and development, fundraising, Board development, best practices in working with homeless LGBTQ youth and more.
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