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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Now through the end of the year, we invite you to share with us why you're proud to be part of the SMYAL community and what inspires you to support LGBTQ+ youth!Tag us on social media and use the hashtag #ismyalbecause to share your story! ... See MoreSee Less
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There's just an hour left to help SMYAL meet our $5,000 match on #givingtuesday2022!Make a donation before midnight to invest in scholarships that recognize the perseverance and visions of queer and trans student leaders at SMYAL.org/GivingTuesday ... See MoreSee Less
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"My SMYAL scholarship has supported me financially in adjusting to study in an entirely new continent; the scholarship has also supported me mentally as I know there are people back home who truly believe in me and the advocacy I plan on dedicating my life to. "- Iris, 2022 SMYAL scholarship recipientThere are just a few hours left to make a donation on #GivingTuesday to support scholarships for student activists like Iris. Donate today at SMYAL.org/GivingTuesday ... See MoreSee Less
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Since 2015, SMYAL's scholarships have provided nearly 50 young leaders with $133,000 in direct financial assistance to support them as they continue their education.Your support on #GivingTuesday will help fund even more scholarships in 2023. Donate at SMYAL.org/GivingTuesday and have your gift doubled up to $5000! ... See MoreSee Less
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"Through Sophie’s Live Out Loud award, we honor Sophie’s sensibilities of self-awareness, kindness, and creative expression and directly help others move their dreams forward...We SMYAL because SMYAL is the ideal conduit to channel Sophie and support the future of the LGBTQ+ community."- Team SophieMake a purposeful investment in the futures of LGBTQ+ youth through supporting SMYAL and Sophie’s Live Out Loud Award at SMYAL.org/GivingTuesday#GivingTuesday2022 ... See MoreSee Less
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"The 2022 SMYAL Youth Leadership Award has supported my individuality, career endeavors, and self-esteem"- Amiyah, 2022 SMYAL Scholarship RecipientSupport LGBTQ+ youth leaders this #GivingTuesday by making a donation at SMYAL.org/GivingTuesdayAll donations will be matched up to $5,000 thanks to major donor Neil Starkey, founder of the Youth Leadership Awards! ... See MoreSee Less
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SMYAL’s scholarships recognize the perseverance it takes to be an out leader and the importance of centering, uplifting, and empowering the voices & experiences of young people in movements for change.Make a donation to support LGBTQ+ student leaders at SMYAL.org/GivingTuesday#GivingTuesday2022 ... See MoreSee Less
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