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

 
25th Annual Fall Brunch | Saturday, September 24th| 10:30 AM
 

SMYAL’s premier supporter event, the annual Fall Brunch, includes a cocktail reception featuring a fabulous silent auction, a three-course brunch, and a chance to hear from some of our community’s most inspiring leaders.

Every year, the Fall Brunch brings together LGBTQ and allied community members, friends, and families in support of the inspirational youth SMYAL works with every day.

In the News

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SMYAL presents Breaking Ground's "Can I Save Me?" this Saturday, October 1st at 7 pm at Atlas Theater.ONE NIGHT ONLYTickets: bit.ly/CanISaveMeCan I Save Me? follows the lives of LGBTQIA+ young people of color who often put others needs before their own. We follow their stories addressing topics such as homelessness, growing up in a toxic church culture, living with HIV, xenophobia, colorism, relationships, sexual abuse, trust, and healing. They navigate how to overcome both external and internal villains that try to stop them from moving forward in life. What will be their kryptonite? And will they finally be able to answer, Can I Save Me? All stories addressed in the production are the real-life stories of the cast. They are not casted into roles portraying themselves to protect and maintain confidentiality. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

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SMYAL's Fall Brunch is here!Our doors are open and cocktail hour starts now! Keep those bids coming in our silent auction through 1:45 pm- you could go home with some amazing items...all in support of LGBTQ youth!Bid at SMYAL.org/auction#smyalbrunch #smyalbrunch2022 ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 25th Annual SMYAL Fall Brunch!Keep the party going with us at the Dirty Goose (913 U Street NW)- the official Brunch after party! 15% of drink sales benefit SMYAL#smyalbrunch #smyalbrunch2022 ... See MoreSee Less
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The SMYAL Fall Brunch auction is now closed.Please check your receipt on the bidding platform to see if you won!Thank you for supporting LGBTQ youth!#smyalbrunch #smyalbrunch2022 ... See MoreSee Less
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There is still time to place your bids on auction items!Remember, you can bid whether you're at home, at the Brunch, or on vacation! Place your bids at SMYAL.org/Auction#smyalbrunch #smyalbrunch2022 ... See MoreSee Less
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Doors open at SMYAL's 25th Annual Fall Brunch open in one hour!If you are attending, please remember that COVID-19 vaccination is required. Volunteers will be checking IDs and proof of vaccination prior to entry.See you at the Marriott Marquis!#smyalbrunch #smyalbrunch2022 ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

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Tomorrow is the day! The 25th Annual SMYAL Fall Brunch kicks off at 10:30 am on Saturday!Bidding in our online silent auction is open through 1:45 pm ET- you can bid whether you're at the Brunch or not!Bid now at SMYAL.org/Auction#smyalbrunch #smyalbrunch2022 ... See MoreSee Less
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