SMYAL LGBT Youth Leadership Awards

The SMYAL LGBT Youth Leadership Award Program will provide up to $8,000 of financial support to offset the cost of college expenses including, but not limited to, tuition, housing, room and board or books. Individual awards range up to $2,000 and are paid directly to the student in their first semester of college. Winners must be enrolled in a fully accredited two or four year college/university no later than Spring 2017, or actively applying to college. Awards will be made to students once enrolled and attending their selected college/university.

Self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) high school seniors from the DC Metro Area, who have demonstrated personal growth and leadership in their school or community are encouraged to apply!

Learn more about the awards and complete an application at and submit all required supporting documents BEFORE Friday, April 15, 2016.

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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!

SMYAL recently turned 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 for any additional information or with questions. We are excited to hear from you!

Share an Amazon Smile with SMYAL

Online retail giant 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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