NEWS AND UPDATES



National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

On Friday, April 10, SMYAL had a BBQ to draw attention to National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. This annual observance is incredibly significant due to the staggering statistics that youth around the world face, with an average of one in four new infections among adolescents ages 13-24 in the United States alone. The event was a great success, bringing in a lot of new faces to SMYAL, while also raising awareness about the importance of getting tested and knowing your HIV status. When asking youth at the event to describe what young people need in order to commit to an AIDS-free generation, responses varied from proper education and resources to the emphasis of testing itself. While National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day is only celebrated once a year, it is fundamental that we continue to encourage young people to take responsibility over their sexual health by practicing safe sex and getting tested. Check out some photos from the event below and see the full album here.

      


Announcing the SMYAL LGBT Youth Leadership Awards

The SMYAL LGBT Youth Leadership Awards are a new scholarship created to help LGBT youth pursue higher education who have demonstrated leadership in their community or school. SMYAL is excited to partner with Team DC, who currently offer scholarships to young LGBT athletes, to launch and expand the initiative. To learn more about the scholarship click here or check out the Washington Blade's recent feature.



Where Are They Now?
All this year, in honor of SMYAL's 30th birthday, we've been reconnecting with youth alumni, founding members, and staff and volunteers from years long past. We collected some of their stories in a special publication entitled "30 Years of SMYAL Stories." Check it out below!





Are You a SMYAL Alum? We Want to Hear from You!
This year, SMYAL is turning 30 years old (though we'll always remain young at heart). To celebrate our big anniversary, we are collecting stories from previous SMYAL youth who have "aged out" of our current programs. If you attended any of SMYAL's programming for LGBTQ youth between the years of 1984-2013, please let us know how you're doing and share your favorite memories by filling out this online form to the best of your ability.

Feel free to contact lucien.tessier@smyal.org for any additional information or with questions. We are excited to hear from you!



On Our Shelves
Looking for something new to read? Check out books from SMYAL's library of LGBT literature, biographies, plays, and more! Youth can browse our shelves online hereand borrow books from the youth center any time.

Interested in sharing some of your book collection? We're always happy to take donations! Just contact supporterinfo@smyal.org. Thank you!



Share an Amazon Smile with SMYAL
Online retail giant Amazon.com has launched a new program called Amazon Smile which donates a percentage of each order to customer-designated charities at no extra cost! Sign up today and help support DC-area LGBTQ youth through your holiday shopping or regular purchases.

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