Be a part of The SMYAL Volunteer crew!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with SMYAL! We are excited to bring on a new group of volunteers this winter, with a training session in December. Please check back again soon for more opportunities -- we expect to request a group of Pride Planning Volunteers by February and typically host another large volunteer call in the spring.  We do currently have one unpaid internship available, which you can learn more about on our Jobs & Internships page

Quick Quiz

What do you need to have in order to become a SMYAL volunteer?
A: A volunteer application and resume
B: A Volunteering 101 SMYAL Orientation Training
C: At least 22 years of age (24 to work directly with youth)
D: A federal background check
E: An enthusiastic, energetic attitude
F: All of the above

Is that your final answer? Correct -- you need them all!

Think you've got what it takes? Contact Nicholas Peterson at or (202)-567-3156 to sign up for our email list and be contacted any time new volunteer opportunities are posted. We usually host 2 volunteer trainings per year -- once in the spring and again in the fall -- so be on the lookout for a bunch of new volunteering announcements around those times!

How can I help?

Volunteers play an essential part in keeping SMYAL running every day. Frequent volunteer duties include, but are hardly limited to:
  • Program co-facilitation
  • Youth Center staffing (computer labs, events, etc.)
  • Building upkeep and maintenance
  • Event outreach
  • Community education
  • Administrative office assistance
  • Event set-up and breakdown
  • Planning for Pride season and other major activities

Please note: SMYAL is a youth-focused organization, and we consciously strive to maintain a comfortable youth-adult balance in our space while also placing individual volunteers where their skills will have the strongest impact. Unfortunately, the size and mission of our organization limit our ability to host large group volunteering sessions. Please note that in order to ensure a safe space for all youth, we require all volunteers to undergo local and federal background checks before working directly with youth.

For more information, please contact:

Nicholas Peterson

Operations & Communications Coordinator