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

September 12, 2019
6-8 pm

SMYAL in Montgomery County

Join Councilmember Evan Glass and Former State Sen. Rich Madaleno to learn more about how SMYAL is working to create safe spaces for LGBTQ youth in their schools and communities in Maryland.SMYAL works closely with schools in Montgomery County, providing cultural competency training for administrators and consulting with student activists within their Gender and Sexualities Alliances. Through SMYAL’s Peer Health Fellowships, youth ages 13-24 from across the DMV, including many in Montgomery County, work with SMYAL’s Health and Wellness Coordinator to break down barriers to accessing health information in schools and peer groups. We also welcome multiple families from Montgomery County to our monthly Little SMYALs meetings for LGBTQ youth ages 6-12.As SMYAL builds our presence and resources for LGBTQ youth in Montgomery County, we hope you’ll join us to hear more about our existing programs, and engage in dialogue about how we can better serve LGBTQ youth in the area.
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8710 2nd Avenue, Silver Spring, MD, 20910
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