The 16th Annual Fall Brunch has come and gone, but you left us with some wonderful memories! From SMYAL youth CJ's incredible performance of her original song to honoring Ally Sheedy's dedication to LGBTQ youth (with some delicious food in between), we enjoyed the opportunity to spend the morning with 600 of SMYAL's closest friends and family members. Thank you for joining us! We hope to see you all again next year, but in the meantime, check out the event photos from the Metro Weekly!
National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Did you know? April 10 is National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD). Check out our video to the left to see how HIV/AIDS impacts youth across the country, and then take action! Visit the Advocates for Youth Website to sign a petition urging President, Obama, Congress, and the Department of Health & Human Services to officially recognize NYHAAD, and encourage youth to visit SMYAL for our special testing and awareness event on 4/10 from 3-5 PM (or during our regular testing hours) for a free, confidential way to know their status.
SMYAL Featured in the 2012-2013 Catalogue for Philanthropy
SMYAL is honored to be a part of this year's Catalogue for Philanthropy, an annual publication featuring 75 of the best community-based nonprofits in the Greater Washington area - now in its 10th year! Learn more about the Catalogue and our fellow honorees at the CFP website.
Over 29 Years of Supporting Local LGBTQ Youth!
SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) is the premier Washington, DC metro area service organization solely dedicated to supporting LGBTQ youth.
SMYAL's mission is to support and empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains and advocates for programs, policies and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood.
For over 29 years, SMYAL has been a beacon of hope for LGBTQ youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Reaching out to provide needed services to more than 11,000 youth and critical training to more than 6,000 youth workers, our impact in the community has been enormous.
To stay up-to-date with current LGBTQ youth-related news, outreach efforts, professional development trainings for youth service providers, and SMYAL's current programs at our Capitol Hill Youth Center and throughout the community, please add us on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. And please share with your friends!