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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25TH | RED BEAR BREWING | 6-8 PM

 

SMYAL for the New Year

The SMYAL Young Donors Committee invites you to ring in 2024 and kick off SMYAL 40th anniversary year at the annual SMYAL for the New Year celebration!

We’re excited to be back celebrating at Red Bear Brewing Co. as we reconnect with old friends and meet new supporters. Bring a friend, raise a glass, and make a New Year’s resolution to support LGBTQ+ youth in 2024 by becoming a part of the SMYAL Champions monthly donor program. Join us to show up and show out for LGBTQ+ youth!

SMYAL Social Media

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SMYAL supports and empowers LGBTQ+ youth ages 6-24.

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Once again we're celebrating Pride in the 202 with the release of Pride Pils! Right Proper Brewing Company is hosting the Pride Pils Launch Party on Wednesday, May 29, 5 - 8 PM.The 2024 design has been created and donated by the talented Chord Bezerra of District CO/OP.Attendance is "FREE" but please RSVP via the Eventbrite. As always, DC Brau Right Proper Brewing Company and Red Bear Brewing Co. will be donating all profit from the sale of this year's Pride Pils to their non-profit partners, including SMYAL and The Blade Foundation.More information about the can at PridePils.com. You can find the link to RSVP in our bio! ... See MoreSee Less
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📅 WEEKLY DROP-IN PROGRAMS FOR MAY 20 - 24Monday 5/20, 8-10 pm: Special Programs for Ages 13-24Tuesday 5/21, 4-7 pm: Drop-In Programs for Ages 18-24Wednesday 5/22, 5:30-6:30 pm, Little SMYALS Virtual for Ages 10-13Thursday 5/23, 5-7 pm: Virtual Drop-In Programs on Discord for Ages 18-24Friday 5/24, 4-7 pm: Drop-In Programs for Ages 18-24Learn more and join our programs for queer + trans youth ages 6-24 at SMYAL.org/schedule or click on the links in our bio! ... See MoreSee Less
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This Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to give a special thank you to the Kiwanis Club of Washington, D.C. for their support in launching and growing SMYAL's Clinical Services department. Thanks to them, we can keep our affirming therapy completely cost-free for LGBTQ+ youth and their loved ones. ... See MoreSee Less
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a few magical moments✨ from Pride Prom DMV. Thank you @arwenclemansphoto for the great pics! Check the link in our bio to see more amazing photos from the amazing evening! ... See MoreSee Less
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SMYAL was honored to participate in a panel discussion today highlighting our partnership with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.SMYAL Executive Director Erin Whelan joined CareFirst Director of Community Health & Social Impact Kimberly Harris and other partner organizations to showcase the impact that CareFirst has on our community, including the expansion of SMYAL’s free and affirming mental health program. Thanks to CareFirst, we have been able to increase the accessibility and breadth of our completely cost-free mental health services! ... See MoreSee Less
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📅 WEEKLY DROP-IN PROGRAMS FOR MAY 15 - 18Tuesday 5/14, DROP IN PROGRAMS CANCELLEDWednesday 5/15, 4:30-6 pm: Virtual QChat Programs for Ages 13-19Wednesday 5/15, 5:30-6:30 pm, Little SMYALS Virtual for Ages 10-13Thursday 5/16, 5-7 pm: Virtual Drop-In Programs on Discord for Ages 13-17Friday 5/17, 4-7 pm: Drop-In Programs for Ages 13-17Saturday 5/18, 10 am - 4 pm, Little SMYALS In-Person, Field Trip for Ages 6-13Saturday 5/18, 10 am - 4 pm, Special Event for Ages 13-24Learn more and join our programs for queer + trans youth ages 6-24 at SMYAL.org/schedule or click on the links in our bio! ... See MoreSee Less
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