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

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.
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.

Upcoming Event

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25TH | RED BEAR BREWING | 6-8 PM

 

SMYAL for the New Year

The SMYAL Young Donors Committee invites you to ring in 2024 and kick off SMYAL 40th anniversary year at the annual SMYAL for the New Year celebration!

We’re excited to be back celebrating at Red Bear Brewing Co. as we reconnect with old friends and meet new supporters. Bring a friend, raise a glass, and make a New Year’s resolution to support LGBTQ+ youth in 2024 by becoming a part of the SMYAL Champions monthly donor program. Join us to show up and show out for LGBTQ+ youth!

SMYAL Social Media

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SMYAL supports and empowers LGBTQ+ youth ages 6-24.

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📣ONE MONTH LEFT TO APPLYSCHOLARSHIPS FOR LGBTQ+ STUDENT LEADERS🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍🌈SMYAL’s scholarships recognize outstanding and unapologetic LGBTQ+ student leaders who have demonstrated personal growth and a commitment to creating change in their school or community.SMYAL's scholarships provide up to $5,000 of financial support to offset the costs of continuing one’s education. Scholarships are open to youth who will have graduated high school or completed a GED by Spring 2024, and will start their next educational program in Fall 2024.There are two scholarships available through one application:✊🏾YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS🎨 SOPHIE’S LIVE OUT LOUD AWARD⚠️ Applications are due MAY 10TH, 2024 ⚠️ To apply, visit smyal.org/scholarship or click the link in our bioQuestions? Reach out to [email protected] for more information. ... See MoreSee Less
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Join the DC Center for the LGBTQ Community & SMYAL for Gay Day at the Zoo! We will be at the Smithsonian National Zoo on Sunday, May 5th from 10 am to 3 pm. Youth will not only have the opportunity to see animals in the zoo, but also see family friendly performers, go to a family picnic, listen to live zookeeper talks, and more! Families will also get to learn more about the community through LGBTQ+ community tablers. All ages are welcome!- 10 am to 12 pm will be for ages 0-18 - Family picnic at 12 pm!- 1 pm onward will be for ages 18+ We are thrilled to see familiar faces and new ones, and to provide a safe and affirming space for queer and trans youth at the zoo. More details can be found at smyal.org/youth or visit the link in our bio! ... See MoreSee Less
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📅 WEEKLY DROP-IN PROGRAMS FOR APR 9 - 12Tuesday 4/9, 4-6 pm: SPECIAL Drop-In Programs for Ages 13-24Wednesday 4/10, 4:30-6 pm: Virtual QChat Programs for Ages 13-19Wednesday 4/10, 5:30-6:30 pm, Little SMYALS Virtual for Ages 10-13Thursday 4/11, 5-7 pm: Virtual Drop-In Programs on Discord for Ages 18-24Friday 4/12, 8-10 pm: SPECIAL Drop-In Programs for Ages 18-24Learn more and join our programs for queer + trans youth ages 6-24 at SMYAL.org/schedule or click on the links in our bio! ... See MoreSee Less
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🏳️‍🌈 SMYAL PROGRAMS FOR APRIL 2024 🏳️‍⚧️Take a look at SMYAL’s upcoming programs for queer and trans youth ages 6-24 for the month of April!View full descriptions and find links to register at SMYAL.org/schedule or click the link in our bioSMYAL’s programs are designed to provide queer and trans youth ages 6-24 with a safe space to express themselves and build community.Programs are being held virtually and in person at our youth center in Washington, DC.#lgbtq #queer #queeryouth #trans ... See MoreSee Less
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@smyal_dmv is proud to support @queerunitymarch happening this OCTOBER 11th!We’re on a mission to unify the LGBTQIA+ community on National Coming Out Day, just in time before the November elections. Mark your calendars and get ready to march with us for queer and trans rights! For mire info, follow @queerunitymarch!#QueerPride #Queer#QueerLove #QueerWomen #Trans #Transgender #Pride #Pride🌈* #TransPride #PrideFlag #Gay #QPOC#HumanRights #QueerCommunity#TransCommunity #Protest #QueerMarch#March #LGBTQ #LGBTQPride#QueerYouth #LGBTQTeens#LGBTQSupport #QueerArtists #QueerMarch #QueerProtest #LGBTQMarch #PrideMarch#QueerYouthAssemble#TransMarch #QueerOrganizing ... See MoreSee Less
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