Be a part of The SMYAL Volunteer crew!


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! 


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. Depending on the number of application we receive, we may not be able to train all volunteers who are interested. 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.