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

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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.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH | 10:30 AM
 
24th Annual SMYAL Fall Brunch
 
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

3 days ago

Em Matsuno
Hello! My name is Dr. Em Matsuno (they/them) and I am an assistant professor in counseling psychology at Arizona State University. I developed a resource for parents of trans and nonbinary youth called the Parent Support Program. The program includes educational videos, interviews with parents and their kids, writing activities, and more! The program was developed in collaboration with several parents of trans youth and experts in trans mental health. The program is currently being studied to see if it is effective and has been approved by the IRB at Palo Alto University. The last day to sign up is September 30th. Please feel free to share with parents/caregivers who may benefit. Study Link--> bit.ly/pspstudyFacebook page: www.facebook.com/parentsupportpsp ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

SMYAL
Are you following our new SMYAL supporters Instagram yet?Stay up to date with the latest from SMYAL! Follow us at instagram.com/smyal_supporters for event invites, important updates, and ways to empower LGBTQ youth! ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

HIPS
Are you 24 years old or younger and in need of housing (or know someone who is)? Housing insecure youth - including individuals couch-surfing, living on the street, or staying in a shelter - are being asked for their input to improve DC's youth homelessness services system. The online survey takes about 10 minutes, and folks who complete it are eligible for a $20 gift card available at various pick-up locations (including HIPS, SMYAL, Sasha Bruce Youthwork, and other community orgs). Learn more and take the survey at www.YouthCountDC.org - the last day to take it is Saturday, 9/25, so please share widely! #youthcountdc ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

SMYAL
Happy #BiWeek from all of us at SMYAL!#BiWeek runs from September 16th through the 23rd, honoring the history, resilience, and members of the bisexual+ community!Check out these amazing bi+ resources from our friends GLAAD: glaad.org/biweek2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

SMYAL
If you're 24 or under and in need of housing you should take a Youth Count DC survey! You can get a gift card and help the District better understand what youth like you need in housing and services. Take the survey at www.youthcountdc.org/Tell your friends to take a survey, too!#youthcountdc #yourstorymatters ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

SMYAL
Become a Table Leader at the 24th Annual SMYAL Fall Brunch!Hosting a Fall Brunch table is a great opportunity for you to introduce SMYAL to your favorite people.Become a table leader in two ways: as a Table Admiral or Table Captain. Sign up and learn more at SMYAL.org/Brunch ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

SMYAL
🏳️‍🌈Are you 24 years old or younger?🏠In need of your own housing?🛋Couch-surfing, staying in a shelter, or don’t know where you will stay tonight? Your story matters!Take a Youth Count DC survey online at www.YouthCountDC.org between September 17th and 25th and you may be eligible to receive a $20 gift card! By taking a survey and telling us your story, you help the District know what youth like you need to get safe and stable housing. Tell your friends to take a survey, too!Take a survey. Get a gift card. Help youth like you! ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

SMYAL
#TBT to the 2019 #SMYALBrunch at the Marriott MarquisWe're thrilled to be returning on Sat., Nov. 6th for the 24th Annual SMYAL Fall Brunch as we come together to honor the strength of our community over the last year.Learn more & purchase tickets at SMYAL.org/Brunch ... See MoreSee Less
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