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

October 11, 2020
12 pm EST

23rd Annual Virtual Fall Brunch

The Fall Brunch Committee, SMYAL Executive Director Sultan Shakir, and members of the Board invite you to join us for this year’s Fall Brunch fundraiser.This year’s annual Fall Brunch will be our first virtual brunch, but will still provide you with a chance to hear from some of our community’s most inspiring leaders–the youth we work with every day. We have a number of unique features and special guests planned for this year’s event that you won’t want to miss.When we invest in young LGBTQ people, we are sending them a message that their experiences matter and that we will be there to support them every step of the way.
Don't forget to bid in our online auction!

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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.