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

June 19, 2019
6:00 PM

SMYAL for Summer

SMYAL’s Young Donors Committee invites you to join nearly 200 young supporters for a night of aperitifs, art, and activism! In its 7th year, SMYAL for Summer celebrates our community and highlights the achievements of outstanding LGBTQ youth leaders. Join us to honor the recipients of this year’s SMYAL Youth Leadership Awards as well as the winner of the Tagg Magazine Scholarship. With the purchase of your ticket you’ll enjoy an open bar at the IA&A at Hillyer Art Gallery to support SMYAL’s critical work with LGBTQ youth in the DMV area! Our open bar is provided by the generous folks at The Dirty Goose.
IA&A at Hillyer
9 Hillyer Ct NW, Washington, DC 20008
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