We advocate for LGBTQ youth so they can seize each day and prepare for the future.

Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy.

Youth Services

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Need inspiration for your next GSA campaign? On the hunt for scholarships? We’ve got your back.

Giving Back

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From volunteering to donations, the opportunities to support LGBTQ youth are endless.

Housing

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LGBTQ youth deserve a place to live, learn, and grow. That’s why our transitional housing program includes mental health services, networking, mentorship, and more

Empower LGBTQ Youth to Thrive

With 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identifying as LGBTQ, our mission has never been more clear. From transitional housing to leadership development, SMYAL serves at-risk youth as they overcome the challenges associated with their identity. Our services are made possible by the generous contributions of our community. Help SMYAL continue to make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ youth.

JUNE 5TH, 2021 // 10 AM-4 PM EST
Leading with Pride

The 9th annual Leading with Pride conference is coming up! Leading with Pride is a full-day virtual conference for LGBTQ youth and allies to connect with other youth in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. There will be workshops, activities, and an opportunity to learn about resources in the DC area. Open to ages 13-24.

There are also 4 intersectional events in the two weeks after the conference, to go deeper and connect around specific identities. There will be 2 events on June 9 to celebrate Black Pride and Trans Pride and 2 events on June 16 to celebrate AAPI Pride and Latinx Pride. 

In the News

3 days ago

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👀👀👀"Pride is ensuring our young people are loved, supported, and empowered!"Did you catch SMYAL's Executive Director, Sultan Shakir, in the new Arc'teryx Washington, DC Pride Campaign? ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

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We're so honored to be a beneficiary of Arc'teryx Washington, DC's Pride campaign! Our Executive Director, Sultan Shakir, is featured in this rad photoshoot and spoke with the folks from Arc'teryx about what Pride means to him.If you're in the DC area, stop by the Arc'teryx Washington DC Brand Store to see the campaign! ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

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We’re so excited to announce that the keynote at #LeadingwithPride’s Black Youth Pride will be presented by AJ King! Register for the FREE Black Youth Pride on June 9th from 4-6 pm ET using the link in our bio!....#LWP21 #LWP2021 #tran #queer #pride ... See MoreSee Less
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7 days ago

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We’re celebrating Black Youth Pride with this amazing lineup if workshops and presenters! Join us on June 9th from 4-6 pm...all FREE and open to queer and trans youth! Register using the link in our bio. Celebrate Black Youth Pride with us on June 9th from 4-6 pm ET!....#LWP21 #LWP2021 #leadingwithpride2021 #Leadingwithpride21 #BlackYouthPride #pride #queer #trans ... See MoreSee Less
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7 days ago

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We’re celebrating Black Youth Pride with this amazing lineup if workshops and presenters! Join us on June 9th from 4-6 pm...all FREE and open to queer and trans youth! Register using the link in our bio. Celebrate Black Youth Pride with us on June 9th from 4-6 pm ET!....#LWP21 #LWP2021 #leadingwithpride2021 #Leadingwithpride21 #BlackYouthPride #pride #queer #trans ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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Your neighborhood studios, Barre3 14th Street and Barre3 Bethesda, are teaming up to celebrate Pride Month, support LGBTQ youth & bring you a full-body, balanced workout 🏳️‍🌈 🧘‍♀️ Join Barre3 14th St on Saturday, June 12th at 8am and barre3 Bethesda on Saturday, June 26th at 8:30am for a full hour of strength-conditioning, cardio and mindfulness💫 Details found on Eventbrite (🔗in bio).Tickets for this class start at $30 and 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣% of the proceeds will go to our work to create opportunities for LGBTQ youth 🤝We’ll be there to help raffle off prizes from @lululemon 14th Street, @2betties_ , our @barre3 barre3 pride collection and more! Just bring your yoga mat and water bottle and keep checking into our page for updates (including possible rain dates! ☔️) Register here: www.eventbrite.com/e/symal-fundraiser-outdoor-class-with-barre3-14th-street-tickets-157251267775 and bit.ly/B3Pride#thecollectionchevychase #barre3 #barre3bethesda #barre314thstreet #barre3event #barre3community #barre3pride #barre3pridecollection #smyal #smyaldmv ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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Join Team DC, a panel of transgender activists, and members of the team behind the Hulu original documentary "Changing the Game" on Monday, June 7th 6 pm for a powerful discussion on the state of anti-trans legislation across the country, the impact sports can have on our lives, and how these young people are fighting back to be themselves. Critics and audiences are raving about the film’s ability to invite viewers into this intensifying conversation, illuminating the realities these transgender teens face and the communities affected.Register here: tinyurl.com/nf88h6sy ... See MoreSee Less
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For over 35 years, SMYAL has worked to empower LGBTQ youth.

By moving youth programs online, we will continue providing safe and affirming spaces for youth to build community and connect to supportive services that remind us in a time of physical distancing, we are not alone.