Whether you are looking for a support group, a place to hang out with friends, or an internship to help your college application, we have something for you! Click below to learn more about some of our recurring programs, and be sure to check out our "Contact Us" page for information on how to get to SMYAL. Unless otherwise stated, all programs are held from 5-7pm at our Youth Center.
THE PEER EDUCATION PROGRAM NEW!
Peer Educators are a select group of youth who are trained to educate other LGBTQ youth about HIV/AIDS prevention and safer sex methods. Join the program to help serve your peers as a source of information, role model, and trusted friend by providing workshops for schools, community-based-organizations, and the SMYAL community.
GSA Network NightAre you involved in your school's Gay-Straight Alliance? Do you want to learn how to start one? Then join us to discuss effective outreach to and retention of GSA members and collaborate with your peers throughout the DC metro area to design and implement advocacy campaigns in your school!
Women's Leadership InstituteAre you looking to make friends and talk about issues important to women? Every Thursday from 5-6:30 PM, the Women's Leadership Institute meets to cover issues critical to LBTQ women. Also, SMYAL hosts four day-long summits throughout the year that address different topics related to young women. The program culminates in a weekend get-away to explore your identity amongst the support of peers!
Youth Advisory BoardSMYAL wants to know what YOU think! As a Youth Advisor, you get to help facilitate programs and make recommendations for how SMYAL can better serve its youth. Starting in April 2012 you get to have more input than ever -- the Youth Advisory Board will meet every Thursday from 4-5 PM.
Movie Night, First FridaysWhat could be better than free snacks and a movie projected on a huge screen in our Youth Center?
Vogue Night, Second FridaysCompete against SMYAL's best vogue-ers and impress our panel of judges for the best score possible.
Game Night, Third FridaysJoin or compete against SMYAL staff and volunteers with board games and interactive games.
Grab Bag, Fourth FridaysCheck our Facebook page or calendar to find out what's happening this month!
In addition to hosting programs for youth 6 days per week, SMYAL also goes out into the community to help educate students, teachers, youthworkers, police officers, and more about how best to work with and create safe spaces for LGBTQ youth. Follow the link above to learn more about our workshops -- including events for youth groups and assemblies -- and to request a training!