Apply for SMYAL LGBT Youth Leadership Awards

Are you a high school senior considering the next step in your education? The SMYAL LGBT Youth Leadership Awards are new scholarships available to seniors who have shaped their school or community in a positive way. Learn how to apply today.

Nominate LGBTQ Youth Leaders for 20 Under 20

We're excited to announce our partnership with the Washington Blade for their upcoming 20 Under 20 issue. The issue will highlight the work of 20 young LGBTQ leaders in the DC metro region. Nominations are now open until March 13. Self-nominations are welcomed. Learn more here.

Intern With Us!

Want to make an impact at your school, community, and the larger DC metro area? Apply for one of our Wrap MC Internships. Support healthy lifestyles among your peers, develop valuable leadership skills, and earn community service hours. Learn more here.

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!

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 here and 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 Thank you!


What is SMYAL?

For 30 years, SMYAL has been a safe space for LGBTQ youth and their allies! We provide after-school programming at our youth center, located just steps from the Eastern Market metro station, and work with other community organizations for special events throughout the area.

Visit our Programs page to learn more about what we offer, including support groups, free and confidential HIV testing, internship opportunities, movie nights and more!

You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for daily updates about programs and exclusive access to opportunities such as paid survey participation, upcoming dances and free "field trips" to events both in and outside of the DC metro area.

Do You or a Friend Need Help?

The Trevor Helpline is a free and confidential service that offers hope and someone to talk to, 24/7. The Trevor Helpline's trained counselors will listen and understand without judgment.

If you or someone you know would like to talk to one of Trevor's highly trained counselors, dial 866-4-U-TREVOR.