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THIS WEEK AT SMYAL
NEWS & UPDATES
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!
Thank you to everyone who voted to help SMYAL's youth center get a makeovercourtesy ofIKEA College Park in Maryland! Online voting for the 4th annual "IKEA Life Improvement Challenge" closed on March 31, and as the first runners-up, we won a $1,000 gift card to the store! Be on the lookout for some new furniture soon....
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.