Last night I drove into NYC from my aerie in the countryside, in the midst of a nor'easter (it wasn't that bad), to meet with Bill Torres, the Director of Community Resources at the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth in NYC.
I've signed up for a year-long gig doing "life coaching" for some of the youth at the Center. Ah me, I need to read that book about women who do too much. But how could I not? It seems to be so perfect for me, and it's the kind of thing I love to do, and I love kids, and anyway, it's just once a week.
There's a two month training period with social workers and other professionals, so I can't interact with kids until they know I'm ready. I have been impressed at every step so far with how well organized and intelligent and on-the-ball everything is. That's a rare thing in this world.
So I'm off Monday night to my first training session. I'll let you know how it goes. By the way, you don't need to sign up for a year to volunteer with the Ali Forney Center. You can volunteer for an evening, a holiday party, once a month, or whatever. These children are our future. If you want to learn more, Bill can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can donate here.
More about the Ali Forney Center after the jump.