SMYAL News

2017 LGBT Youth Scholarship Awards Application is Now Open

The application for the 2017 Youth Scholarship Awards is now open!

SMYAL LGBT YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD

The SMYAL LGBT Youth Leadership Awards are individual college scholarships of up to $2,000 for Washington, DC Metro Area students who have demonstrated leadership in their school or community.

SMYAL Staff and Youth Attend Creating Change Conference

Every year the grassroots advocacy organization, the National LGBTQ Task Force, holds a conference entitled “Creating Change.” The conference is designed to promote skill building for LGBTQ and allied communities, helping to educate and inform people on current issues and best practices for taking action in their communities.

This year SMYAL sent two staff members, a youth fellow, and a youth living in our transitional housing to Creating Change, held in Philadelphia from January 17 to January 22.

Each of the SMYAL team wrote reflections on their experiences.

SMYAL Welcomes Our New Peer Education Coordinator, Ameirah Neal

 

SMYAL is excited to welcome Ameirah Neal as our new Peer Educucation Coordinator! 

Ameirah joins us from HIPS, Helping Individual People Survive, where they work to assist at rick populations with health services and integration into society. We sat down with her and asked five questions to get to know her. 

SMYAL Launches End of Year Giving Campaign

This holiday season, SMYAL has launched a campaign to raise $75,000 before the end of the year. SMYAL has been a home away from home for LGBTQ youth for 32 years, help us serve the community for another 32!

SMYAL is Thrilled to Announce Our New Transitional Housing Program for LGBTQ Youth

A Place To Live, Learn, and Grow

For more than 30 years, SMYAL has served, supported, and enriched the lives of LGBTQ youth in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Despite our tireless efforts, a staggering 43% of homeless youth identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and queer. At SMYAL, we are committed to doing more.

This is why we are beyond thrilled to be launching a new transitional housing program for LGBTQ youth. 

Welcome to Our New Programs Director, Adalphie Johnson!

SMYAL is excited to welcome Adalphie Johnson as our new Programs Director! Adalphie also goes by AJ, and is a welcome addition to the SMYAL team. 

Adalphie joins us from Real Talk, a member organization of Whitman-Walker Health, where she worked on improving the healthy lifestyles of youth throughout the area. We sat down with her and asked five questions to get to know her. 

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History of SMYAL

In 1984, local youth service professionals and community activists organized a conference on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth issues. Click "History of SMYAL" to learn more.

Responding to a Need

In 1984, local youth service professionals and community activists organized a conference on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth issues after learning that "cross-dressing" youth from the local school system had been hospitalized at St. Elizabeth's Public Psychiatric Hospital. From this conference, the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) was founded to meet the needs of the LGBT youth living in the metropolitan Washington, DC area.

SMYAL LGBT Youth Leadership Awards

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!

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.

Smyal Takes Manhattan: Reflections From NYCoRE 2016

The SMYAL Programs Team visited the James Baldwin School in Manhattan to learn about intersectional teaching practices and other great lessons to bring back to SMYAL!

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