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

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

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

March 10, 2021
7 pm EST

SMYAL x Woodhull: Allyship

This workshop will teach people the beginning steps for being an ally to Queer and Trans communities. We will go over the successes and challenges people make when it comes to being an ally. There will be people from the community who will talk about how people can be more effective allies. And then we will wrap up with a Q&A.
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In the News

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.