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 25, 2020
6 pm EST

SMYAL for Summer 2020

The SMYAL Young Donors Committee invites you to the 8th Annual SMYAL for Summer!SMYAL for Summer, hosted virtually this year, brings our community together and highlights the achievements of outstanding LGBTQ youth leaders. Join us for the announcement of the recipients of this year's SMYAL Youth Leadership Awards.The event this year will feature local drag star, Shaunda Leer, other entertainment, and special guest star Tatianna of RuPaul's Drag Race!
Virtual Platform
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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.