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.

Giving Back


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



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.

JULY 28 - AUGUST 1, 2021
Rise Up! Youth Organizing Conference

Ever wanted to learn more about what it means to be a youth organizer?

Are you already engaging in organizing and activist work in your community, and want to find community with other youth organizers?

Are you interested in learning more about movements for social change like climate action, police-free schools, and gun control?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you should register for Rise Up!: A National Conference For Queer and Trans Youth Organizers.

In the News

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Gather with LGBTQ youth leaders like you for our 2nd annual Rise Up! youth organizing conference from July 28-31st!Rise Up! is:💸 FREE💻 ONLINE🗣 YOUTH-LEDRegister today at SMYAL.org/Rise ... See MoreSee Less
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👀Take a look at some of our #RiseUp2021 workshops happening NEXT WEEK!Register to join these incredible session and more at the 2021 Rise Up! youth organizing conference at SMYAL.org/Rise✊🏾 Decolonizing Queerness-Thursday, July 29th @ 1:30 pm EST🔮Queer Futurity- Thursday, July 29th @ 3 pm EST ... See MoreSee Less
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🗣️ Calling all SMYAL supporters!We invite you to follow us on our new community supporters Instagram page to stay up-to-date with all the latest news from SMYAL! Follow us at instagram.com/smyal_supporters for Follow along for event invites, important programmatic updates, and ways that you can join us as we empower LGBTQ youth!For any of our youth-facing programs, events, and opportunities we’ll still be posting over at instagram.com/smyal_dmv! ... See MoreSee Less
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HAPPY FRIDAY! It's a great day to #PayItForward!SMYAL provides development opportunities, counseling services, housing programs, and leadership programs for LGBTQ+ youth, and we want to honor their dedication by donating $2,000 towards their mission! To read more visit www.easterns.com/blog#payitforward #fox5 #consciouscapitalism #AtEasternMotors #consciouscapitalismdc ... See MoreSee Less
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📢 Calling all July birthdays! Looking for the perfect gift that gives back? Set up a Facebook birthday fundraiser to support LGBTQ youth!We've made an easy-to-use toolkit to help you plan! Check it out: bit.ly/FBFundSMYAL ... See MoreSee Less
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For over 35 years, SMYAL has worked to empower LGBTQ youth.