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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20 Under 20

To celebrate Youth Pride Day we teamed up with the Washington Blade to highlight 20 young LGBTQ leaders under 20 in the DC region who are positively shaping their community. Read their interviews to learn about their experience coming to terms with their identities and what misconceptions adults have about today's youth.

(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Where Are They Now?

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!


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.

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to learn more about what we offer, including support groups, free and confidential HIV testing, internship opportunities, movie nights and more! Following us is also the easiest way to get 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.