This Week at SMYAL
What's going on at SMYAL? Check out the calendar below for all of this week's youth and supporter events! Click on each event to view more details and get contact information for the event organizer, and you can use the drop-down arrow at the top right to view only specific types of programming (like DC Regional GSA Network events, HIV testing hours, or supporter events). View our full monthly calendar here, and please feel free to copy events to your own calendar so you don't miss out!
News and Updates
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!
GSA Activist Camp
Our 2nd annual GSA Activist Camp, a chance for local student leaders to load their advocacy toolbelts full of new skills and resources to bring change to their schools, took place over a long weekend from July 10-13, 2014. Click here to learn more about the DC Regional GSA Network, or check out photos of the weekend and campers' thoughts about their experience!
It may still be spring, but we've already started planning for this year's 30th Anniversary Fall Brunch! The annual event you have grown to love -- with some extra 30th birthday celebratory flair -- will take place at the Mandarin Oriental on Sunday, November 2, 2014. Mark your calendar now and find out more details here!
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 email@example.com. Thank you!
30 Years of Supporting Local LGBTQ Youth
SMYAL is the premier Washington, DC metro area service organization solely dedicated to supporting LGBTQ youth.
Did you notice our facelift? In the spring of 2013, we launched a new brand identity and modified our acronym to stand for Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders. This exciting move brings our name into better alignment with our youth empowerment and leadership development initiatives, while still carrying on the legacy of our founding mission. (Please note: for legal and tax purposes, our name remains the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League.)
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 30 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.
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